Monday, April 20, 2009

never forget a face?

Maybe you are a "super recognizer."

Dave Munger of Cognitive Daily asks if you recognize these four faces? They belong to "extremely famous individuals." If you can recognize all four, he says, "you just might be a super recognizer."

Munger writes, "a team of researchers led by Richard Russell" believe they have found a select group of people who have "an amazing ability to recognize faces." Might you belong to this group?

I happen to think I might be one. Not the least because, while watching rented movies at home, I'm the annoying viewer who must ruin everyone's good time find the controls, stop and rewind, while asking, "Who IS that woman? I know that face! What have I seen her in before?" I usually guess by the end of the film and I'm usually always right.

Write your answers on a piece of paper, then post in my comment section. Or you can post your comment on Munger's site, here. Compare your answers to the correct ones, promised to be posted later this evening at Cognitive Daily.
I will update this blog when the correct answers are posted. So check back to see if we're right.


Fragrant Liar said...

2. Bill Clinton
3. Scarlett Johannsen
4. Paul Newman

I am like you, in that I like to guess all the stars in a movie. I especially like to see the old movies and see if I can recognize the stars in their youth. And see if I can remember their names! That's most of the battle. I know that face! :)

Anyway, this was fun. #1 looks very familiar, but the name is just not coming to me. I will check back to see if I had any of the others right.

blognut said...

Completely and utterly without a clue!

Magpie said...

I have no idea. I'm so bad at this.

Reinvent Dad said...

This is fun. I love guessing games..tee hee. I'll guess.

1. Jesse Owens
2. Bill Clinton
3. Paul Newman
4. John Wayne

Why I picked all dudes, I'll never know....

A. said...

No clue!


Rachel Cotterill said...

I don't have a clue. I always read Cognitive Daily now, it's fascinating, so thanks for having it on your blogroll

imom said...

Here are my "just blurt it out" answers..
1. ?
2. Bill Clinton
3. Scarlett Johannsen
4. John Wayne

Now I'll go back and look again and see if I still think the same thing.

phd in yogurtry said...

The correct answers are (I'm going to make these less easily legible for those who want to scroll down and place their guesses first): 1.MalcolmX2.Bill Clinton3.ScarlettJohansson4.John Wayne.These results mean I am well on my way to official status as a super recognizer.

Fragrant Liar said...

That was fun. I knew I didn't have the first one, but the last one, I wasn't sure about. Now that you say John Wayne, it's easy to see. I wouldn't have known Malcom X, though I should have.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I had Malcolm X and John Wayne. I can't believe I didn't get Clinton--I was thinking it might be a Kennedy because of the teeth.

Alison said...

Ooo. I picked James Dean as the only one I recognized. Guess that must mean I'm a Super Vaguehead.

Jocelyn said...

I got nuthin' on the first face and am made crazy by the second face (since Fragrant thought it was Bill Clinton, and I thought it was "someone who's friends with Hilary Clinton," would that prove it must be Bill? Or else it's Fergie--the Duchess, not the singer who thinks she's a duchess). The third is Scarlett Johanssen, and the last is John Wayne?

Jocelyn said...

Hey, it helps that I did this without reading all the comments except the first one. Malcolm X, eh?

Hey, I wanted to thank you for the awesome Ipod suggestion list! I have about half of those on my Ipod, but you've given me a huge bunch of tips for beefing up the playlist.

Vodka Mom said...

1.Jamie Foxx
2. Bill CLinton
4. john Wayne

that's what I got!!!

Health Psych said...

I got 3 Scarlett and 4 John Wayne. 2 drove me insane....a 'on the tip of my tongue' person...1 I was thinking Obama. Ha. Maybe I need to put my glasses on before I guess next time!

Trannyhead said...

I get the Bill Clinton and Scarlett Johannsen ... as for the rest? I have no bloody clue.

phd in yogurtry said...

tranny -- he is SO in your target range!

bernthis said...

3. Scarlet Johannsen.

the others, freaking clueless.

Hip Mom's Guide said...

I am a horrible recognizer, but I've gotta go with Bill Clinton for #2. For everyone else, I wait for the movie credits.

I'm going to have my husband give this a try, though. I think he'd probably be at least a Very Good Recognizer.

Pete said...

Cool blog by the way (saw your link at Shrink Rapped). My girlfriend is a super recogniser so will send this one to her. I got Scarlet and Bill but not the other two. And LOL re the mother ;-)

Mark said...

1. Bill Cosby
2. Bill Clinton
3. ?
4. John Wayne

JCK said...

I am one of those people.

Malcolm X
Bill Clinton
Scarlett Johannsen
John Wayne

JCK said...

P.S. I should state that I DID NOT peek at your answers in the comments. Just reading them now.

Boy, if you and I got together we'd really make people crazy, wouldn't we???

Real Live Lesbian said...

I recognized Scarlet Johannsen...and the others LOOK familiar...but that's it.

Knock me off the super-recognizers list!

Anna Lefler said...

Oh, I'm terrible at this. I think my problem may be bigger than that, though, because these days when I look in the mirror, there's some old woman in there I don't recognize either.

Very troubling.

:^) Anna

e.beck.artist said...

nelson mandela, bill clinton, an actress i don't know but kinda recognize, and john wayne ... now to see if i'm right ....