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Detecting superior face recognition skills in a large sample of young British adults

Bobak AK, Pampoulov P & Bate S (2016) Detecting superior face recognition skills in a large sample of young British adults, Frontiers in Psychology, 7, Art. No.: 1378.

The Cambridge Face Memory Test Long Form (CFMT+) and Cambridge Face Perception Test (CFPT) are typically used to assess the face processing ability of individuals who believe they have superior face recognition skills. Previous large-scale studies have presented norms for the CFPT but not the CFMT+. However, previous research has also highlighted the necessity for establishing country-specific norms for these tests, indicating that norming data is required for both tests using young British adults. The current study addressed this issue in 254 British participants. In addition to providing the first norm for performance on the CFMT+ in any large sample, we also report the first UK specific cut-off for superior face recognition on the CFPT. Further analyses identified a small advantage for females on both tests, and only small associations between objective face recognition skills and self-report measures. A secondary aim of the study was to examine the relationship between trait or social anxiety and face processing ability, and no associations were noted. The implications of these findings for the classification of super-recognisers are discussed.

face recognition; face perception; social anxiety; trait anxiety; super-recognisers

AuthorsBobak Anna Katarzyna, Pampoulov Philip, Bate Sarah
Publication date22/09/2016
Publication date online09/2016
Date accepted by journal29/08/2016
PublisherFrontiers Media
ISSN 1664-1078

Frontiers in Psychology: Volume 7

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