Every day, Marty Doerschlag moves through the world armed with what amounts to a low-level superpower: He can remember a face forever.
“If I spend about 30 seconds looking at somebody, I will remember their face for years and years and years,” he says.
“I think nobody really knew until the last few years just how bad we all are with unfamiliar faces,” says Mike Burton, a professor of psychology at the University of York UK. Burton has run a number of facial recognition studies and has concluded that most people are remarkably bad at recognizing the faces of those they know only slightly. And to make matters worse, most people think they are good at this skill when they are not.
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