Did you ever have a good friend when you were 8? The answer is probably yes, but if you came face-to-face with that same person 15 years later, would you still recognize him or her? The surprising fact is that only about 1% of the world’s population has a memory that would recognize that person, and they have been given the title of “Super-Recognizers”. This title is so rare that, according to the journal PLOS ONE, people have won Guinness World Records for these amazing memory abilities. The popular online science hub, IFLScience says that super-recognizing is “A ‘Creepy’ Ability”. And to some people, it can be. And it’s no joke. Doctors and professors all over the world have studied people with this ability. While it seems like they can easily get a hold of a group of people with this skill, it’s actually quite difficult, therefore the studies can sometimes be considered incomplete or not having enough references. IFLScience notes: “All of the studies of super-recognizers to date are based on tiny samples of people — anywhere from just two individuals to a half-dozen people. For that reason, it’s tough to draw too many definitive conclusions about the ability.” Now, you may still be thinking to yourselves, “There’s no way that this is something I can take a test to see if I am too.” If you’re thinking that, then you’re dead wrong! The University of Greenwich in England has developed a test that you can take to see if you qualify as a “super-recognizer”. It’s a fairly short test; it won’t take longer than 10 minutes to complete, but it’s a fun little thing to share with your friends. And if you’re really interested in officially being classified as that 1%, then you can contact the professor who made this test, but I doubt any of us here in Millburn really need to travel to England for that. Want to see if you qualify as a super-recognizer? Click here and take the test!  

By Dan Sirota

Dan Sirota is a graduate from MHS ('20) and the former Student Director of Studio 462. He now studies Film & Media Arts at American University in Washington, D.C.