Fun Quiz: How Good Are You With Faces?
by Alyssa Jung
Are you one of those people who have branded themselves “terrible with names?” If so, there’s a new online test that can estimate your “face-name memory IQ” and reveal how you stack up against other test takers.
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are conducting an online experiment that invites Internet-users to take part in a 10-minute memory test. “We often experience trouble remembering the name of a person we have previously met despite recognizing their face as being familiar,” states the intro. No kidding!
The test is available at experiments.wustl.edu.
Participants are shown 56 different faces paired with a name. Each face flashes for two seconds on the screen. Then, you’re shown another batch of faces and names and must decide if the face-name pair is new or if you’ve seen it before. At the end, you get a “face-name memory IQ” that reflects immediate memory, and an option to test your long-term memory in a separate test the next day via email.
Curious to see how your good you face-name memory is? Take the test here!