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A super-recognizer test from The Mythical Show

It’s a bit like the face recognition test that I’ve been hoping to get a chance to do for years now, the Before They Were Famous Test. Like that test this is a test using photos of American celebrities from before they were famous. The only problem with that for me is that I’m Australian and therefore I’m not as familiar with famous people from the United States as most Americans are, and there is also a small but measurable cross-race effect between Australians and Americans. This means that an Aussie has a slight disadvantage in ace recognition tests such as the CFMT that use American faces because in life our brains have been trained to recognize racially and ethnically Australian faces (whatever that might mean). Presumably an American would have a slight disadvantage at a test that uses Aussie faces. I correctly identified six of the famous faces in this video. I almost identified another American celebrity in the test from the eyes but then the wind blew in the other direction and the notion of who it was flew out of my head. Two of the celebrities I never knew in the first place, so they don’t count. I think it’s a pretty good and hard test of facial recognition or face memory. How did you go?

Name These Celebrities Game. Good Mythical Morning Episode 219. YouTube. Published on Jan 18, 2013.

http://youtu.be/BQN_8OVzldc

Do you speak German?

If you can understand German and wish to learn more about super-recognition and policing you will probably find this video highly educational. It’s pretty interesting even if you have to guess at the commentary. One bit of English that I did pick out was the statement that “Men are better than machines”. Super-recognizer women can be pretty sharp too. It appears that this video shows a study by Dr Josh Davis of the police super-recognizer Idris Bada using eye-tracker technology. The video also apparently features testing of a super-recognizer named Simone by Dr Ashok Jansari. Thanks to Planetopia (German TV show) and Dr Josh Davis for making this available.

Super-Recognisers on Planetopia (German TV) featuring Dr Josh P Davis…. YouTube Published October 2012.
http://youtu.be/F3NhZUTWPno

Anouk – Birds representing The Netherlands at Eurovision 2013

This was the only tune at this year’s Eurovision that had any colour for me:

http://youtu.be/n5iazXvMw5o

 

Synaesthesia, right?

Dizzee Rascal is cheerfully addicted to “big, dirty stinkin’ bass”. So, would that be a bad smell? I’m sure it wouldn’t be a floral smell, or a light-coloured one either.

Bassline Junkie by Dizzee Rascal – BE WARNED, THIS CLIP CONTAINS BAD LANGUAGE http://youtu.be/0sNb3Mh1ABg

Catherine de Lange wrote last year in New Scientist that red is sweet, crisps are crisper when they make a lot of sound and cheese tastes sharper after one is visually “primed” with pointy shapes. So, does that mean that everyone is a synaesthete?

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21628962.200-feast-for-the-senses-cook-up-a-master-dish.html

Interesting blog post, video and journal paper about automatic 3D reconstruction of faces from a single image, and more

There are obvious applications for this technology to facial recognition. It appears to be the product of research by Volker Blanz and Thomas Vetter from the Max-Planck-Institut f¨ur biologische Kybernetik. I love the way that the faces can be morphed into different levels of fat, gender and facial expressions. One thing that strikes me as odd about this research is that the facial expression that is supposed to be a frown does not look like what I’d call a frown. To my eye it looks more like the owner of the face has just been poked in an impolite place. There’s a shade of discomfort and shock in those frowns. Perhaps this is a reflection of a subtle cultural difference in the meaning of the term “frown”.

http://mayitzin.com/2013/01/11/3d-reconstruction-from-a-single-face/

http://youtu.be/fu7bTemvEKk

http://www.mpi-inf.mpg.de/~blanz/html/data/morphmod2.pdf

Dr Marlene Behrmann explains prosopagnosia

I’ve come across a YouTube video in which Dr Marlene Behrmann talks in an interview from last year about prosopagnosia and gives an authoritative explanation of what it is. She seems to have a slight South African accent.

While watching Dr Behrmann discussing the differences between the typical eye movements of prosopagnosics and regular study subjects while looking at faces I wondered whether the typical eye movements of super-recognizer study subjects might be found to be similar or disssimilar to the eye movements of normal people with average face recognition ability.

Peng, Cynthia Marlene Behrmann – prosopagnosia. goCognitive. uploaded Sep 25, 2011.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z9PGrgPlYw&feature=related

Reise, Reise by Rammstein

Till Lindemann has arguably the most awe-inspiring male voice in rock music today. This song from the 2004 Rammstein album of the same name is in my opinion the greatest showcase of Lindemann’s stunning German voice. Recording studio tricks might account for some of the impact of the vocals in this track. I really don’t care – the musical effect achieved is what matters to me.

I only experience singing voice and spoken voice to colour synaesthesias in response to singing and spoken voices that strike me as unusual or extraordinary, or which evoke emotion. It follows that the singing in this song should make the colours happen as sure as night follows day, and this is true. While some clear and pretty singer’s voices evoke a transparent visual effect like coloured varnish or a watercolour, Till’s powerful manly voice is as opaque as mud, like a most delicious tidal wave of molten chocolate. I never fully appreciated the beauty of the colour brown till I heard this song.

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/G54l-SKM_14

Time for some music – Colour My World, Petula!

This is one of the best pop tunes from it’s era, with a theme that has some resonance to a synaesthete such as myself. This song is a studio recording from before the age of music videos, so there is no clip, but for me the photo used as a visual is interesting because the beautiful Petula Clark has an uncanny resemblance to two women who I’ve known. Both of these women are unusually feminine women but paradoxically wore or wear their hair short just like Petula did in her heyday, presumably because nature thought it fit to give some very feminine women very heavy jaw-lines. A jaw of that type in combination with prominent cheek-bones would no doubt look masculine or witch-like next to long hair. Why does nature do these things? I don’t know.

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/aHYziWY5YHo

Links related to Face-recognition research team at Uni of East London, Dr Ashok Jansari and their study of super recognizers

There is quite a bit of info here about prosopagnosia and super-recognizers and the University of East London research team:

Face-recognition Research Team http://www.uel.ac.uk/psychology/research/face-recognition/

Their study in which they hope to find some super-recognizers:

Superrecognizers http://www.superrecognizers.com/

Their Facebook page:

Face Recognition Research at UEL http://www.facebook.com/Face.Recognition.Research.at.UEL

Info from the Science Museum about the superrecognizers study:

Who am I? Live Science – Familiar Faces http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/events/demonstrations/Live_Science_faces.aspx

Dr Ashok Jansari at Twitter:

Ashok Jansari @ SuperRecognizer  http://twitter.com/superrecognizer

YouTube video with interview with Dr Jansari:

Dr Ashok Jansari on BBC The One Show talking about Prosopagnosia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5Hooty5YMo

YouTube channel of Dr Jansari?

Superrecognizers  http://www.youtube.com/user/Superrecognizers?feature=watch

This website appears to be under construction and associated with this research team:

Name That Face  http://namethatface.org/

YouTube video about prosopagnosia with an interview with Dr Ashok Jansari, and David who has acquired prosopagnosia

Dr Ashok Jansari is one of the researchers involved with the study of superrecognizers that is currently happening in London, and runs till early January 2012, and is seeking participants who believe that they might be super-recognizers. Dr Jansari studies both extremes of face memory ability. I love his suit.

In this video a British man with acquired prosopagnosia, David Bromley, is interviewed by the rather cute English science television host Dr Michael Mosley. David generously explains what it is like to be suddenly forced to manage in life without any face memory. To compensate David has become very attentive to details of a person’s appearance other than the face.

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/H5Hooty5YMo