Dr Karl to be featured in Anh’s Brush with Fame

Prosopagnosia will be mentioned, along with some terrible details of Dr Karl’s parent’s time in Nazi concentation camps.

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/anhs-brush-with-fame/

 

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Immune Hypothesis of Synaesthesia

The original place of publication (non-journal, non-academic, non-peer-reviewed) of the immune hypothesis of synesthesia or synaesthesia, by C. Wright, at this blog, in 2012, can be found at the link below.

https://superrecognizer.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/is-synaesthesia-caused-by-low-levels-of-complement-is-bensons-syndrome-caused-by-too-much-complement-c3/

 

Some of the more important posts in this blog’s history…

….are just a couple of clicks away…

https://superrecognizer.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/some-of-the-more-important-posts-in-this-blog/

 

 

Synaesthesia a topic for All in the Mind on Australian radio

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/synesthesia:-seeing-sounds-and-hearing-colours/9836826

 

Do you recognise this Aussie celeb?

https://au.news.yahoo.com/recognise-aussie-celeb-054349098.html

 

Disappointed but not surprised

I haven’t read the whole book, but as far as I can tell the new book Superhuman: Life at the Extremes of Mental and Physical Ability by Rowan Hooper does not discuss super-recognizers. It appears that in the chapter on memory the accuracy of eyewitness tesimony is critiqued just as it has been done before countless times, without focussing on the various elements of what goes into such testimony and memory, such as face recognition – a form of visual memory, episodic or autobiographical memory and sensory memory (smell, temperature, pain etc). Testing of the idea of eyewitness memory is done by testing people who can be assumed to have average or unknown levels of face memory ability, not including any known super-recognizers. I could be wrong as I’ve not read the whole book, and probably never will, but I don’t think so.

Does this explain that visual experience?

“OUR sight is sharpest at dawn and dusk – and now we may know why. It is not a result of changes within our eyes, but of how the brain processes visual signals.”

Clare Wilson Our eyesight is sharpest at twilight – and now we may know why. New Scientist. 10 April 2018.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2165965-our-eyesight-is-sharpest-at-twilight-and-now-we-may-know-why/

This could be the solution to a mystery in sensory psychology that I’ve been wondering about for many years. I noticed a subtle effect in which my sense of sight without warning occassionally seems to improve, but not in any way that is obvious such as sharper focus or altered colour perception, resulting in a somewhat blissful effect that lasts a few seconds. I had noted that it seems to happen around the time of sunset, and I’d theorised that it is something to do with the visual system in my brain being able to readjust to a more optimal or fine-grained level of functioning as the result of a reduced level of light, similar to the effect of one’s eyes taking up to 20 minutes to adjust to the dark when one enters a dark cave during the day.

Part 2 of eyewitness episode on Insight

Part 2, which might include stuff about super-recognition, can only be viewed through an online account.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/insight/article/2018/04/04/are-you-super-recogniser

 

Teenage super single case study published last year

This study raises questions in my mind about the development of super-recognition. Here’s a case in an adolescent who is nowhere near completing the stages of development of her brain (but does this ever really end?), but she is irrefutably displaying the cognitive talent and characteristics of super-recognizers. How does this information sit with evidence that face recognition is an ability that continues to develop much later than most other cognitive abilities, into the 30s? Will she go on to develop into a super-duper-recognizer as an adult? Has she already reached the peak of her ability and will stay at this level in adulthood? Is the normal trajectory of face memory ability irrelevant to super-recognition?

Rachel J. Bennetts, Joseph Mole & Sarah Bate Super-recognition in development: A case study of an adolescent with extraordinary face recognition skills. Cognitive Neuropsychology. 2017 Sep;34(6):357-376. doi: 10.1080/02643294.2017.1402755. Epub 2017 Nov 22.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02643294.2017.1402755?journalCode=pcgn20

 

This is curious, considering that Pitt is supposed to be a prosopagnosic

It appears that actor Brad Pitt is dating a professor who is a double for his ex, which seems unlikely to be just a coincidence, but I’m wondering how he’s identified a lady who looks just like his ex when by his own account, he has difficulty with face memory. Could there have even been an episode of mistaken identity?

http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/is-brad-pitt-dating-angelina-jolie-lookalike-professor-neri-oxman/news-story/48eaa5ceaf07049162f06d3fa387d637

https://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/23/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/brad-pitt-esquire-face-blindness/index.html