Super-recognizer to appear on Channel 4’s The Hidden Talent Show? Documentary about superrecognizers?

From Facebook three weeks ago: “For a Channel 4 programme called Hidden Talent Richard Bacon interviewed UEL Lecturer Ashok about his study into Super Face Recognition and it’s polar opposite Face Blindness”

From Twitter February 24th 2012: “Dr Jansari currently being interviewed by Richard Bacon for Channel 4 documentary about super-recognizers.”

View the show here for a limted time, subject to geoblocking:  Hidden Talent Series 1 Episode 5 May 22 2012 Channel 4 UK

From the written description of this episode, it appears that Dr Ashok Jansari administered the Before They Were Famous Test and also probably the Cambridge Face Memory Test to a crowd to find super-recognizers, a screening process modelled on the 2009 paper by Russell, Duchaine and Nakayama which launched the concept of the super-recognizer. This screening process identified three super-recognizers: Richard (male name), Charlie (gender not clear) and Higo (male). They are then put through a live test of face memory.

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  • Brad Duchaine  On March 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Hi — I just ran across your interesting blog. You’ll be interested in a report on prosopagnosia and super-recognizers that ran on 60 MInutes in the US last week. Here’s the link:

    (Sorry to post in the comments, but I couldn’t figure out how to email you.)
    Best, Brad

  • C. Wright  On March 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

    It’s an honour to get a message from one of the small number of leading researchers in face recognition and prosopagnosia in the world! (I’ve checked and this comment does appear to be genuinely from Prof Duchaine). Thanks for your tip about the TV story, and I’m pleased that you find my blog interesting.

    I don’t have any problem with communicating thru comments. Let me know if you want my email details.

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