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UNSW Face Test

Are you a super-recogniser? Take our challenging test to find out if you are one of a small proportion of people with exceptional abilities in identifying faces.

Note: This test is not mobile compatible. You will need to complete it on a desktop or laptop computer.  

UNSW Face Test Examples

Do you often recognise people that have no idea who you are? Do you recognise these pixelated people? If so, you may be a small proportion of the population with exceptional abilities in identifying faces.

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Most of us are very adept at recognising the faces of people we know well — some may even able to identify the pixellated people above (the answers are: Michelle Obama, George Clooney, Ellen Degeneres).

In contrast, matching unfamiliar faces can be surprisingly challenging even when conditions are optimal. This is problematic because many important tasks rely on this very skill — for example matching a traveller to their passport, or a CCTV image to a police mugshot.

A small minority of people, however, demonstrate superior face recognition abilities for both familiar and unfamiliar faces. These individuals are classed as ‘super-recognisers.’

We have designed a very challenging web-based test of face identification ability to try and identify individuals with superior face recognition abilities.

Our test is difficult because it requires people to recognise faces despite substantial changes in appearance from one encounter to the next, caused for example by differences in age, pose, lighting, and expression. 

Once you have taken the test, you can compare your performance with other participants who have already completed the test.  

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Could you be a super-recogniser?

Take the test and find out!

Note: This test is not mobile device compatible. You will need to complete it on a desktop or laptop computer.  

UNSW Face Test Start Link

UNSW Face Research Registry

If you would like to take part in future face recognition research studies conducted by UNSW Sydney, please join our research registry.

If you decide to join this registry, we will contact you from time to time when research studies are available. Some of these studies will be available to complete on the web. For others we may invite you to visit our lab in Sydney.  

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