You must remember me, we shared a lift ride seven years ago

Friday, 22 May, 2009

A “super-recogniser” is someone with the ability to remember people they met, sometimes only very briefly, often years before. In some cases said encounter may also have taken place in a distant city or even another country… now that’s memory recall.

Super-recognizers recognize other people far more often than they are recognized. So they often compensate by pretending not to recognize someone they met in passing, so as to avoid appearing to attribute undue importance to a fleeting encounter, Russell said. “Super-recognizers have these extreme stories of recognizing people,” says Russell. “They recognize a person who was shopping in the same store with them two months ago, for example, even if they didn’t speak to the person. It doesn’t have to be a significant interaction; they really stand out in terms of their ability to remember the people who were actually less significant.”

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