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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Detecting superior face recognition skills in a large sample of young British adults
Authors: Bobak, Anna Katarzyna
Pampoulov, Philip
Bate, Sarah
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Keywords: face recognition
face perception
social anxiety
trait anxiety
Issue Date: 22-Sep-2016
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Citation: Bobak AK, Pampoulov P & Bate S (2016) Detecting superior face recognition skills in a large sample of young British adults, Frontiers in Psychology, 7, Art. No.: 1378.
Abstract: The Cambridge Face Memory Test Long Form (CFMT+) and Cambridge Face Perception Test (CFPT) are typically used to assess the face processing ability of individuals who believe they have superior face recognition skills. Previous large-scale studies have presented norms for the CFPT but not the CFMT+. However, previous research has also highlighted the necessity for establishing country-specific norms for these tests, indicating that norming data is required for both tests using young British adults. The current study addressed this issue in 254 British participants. In addition to providing the first norm for performance on the CFMT+ in any large sample, we also report the first UK specific cut-off for superior face recognition on the CFPT. Further analyses identified a small advantage for females on both tests, and only small associations between objective face recognition skills and self-report measures. A secondary aim of the study was to examine the relationship between trait or social anxiety and face processing ability, and no associations were noted. The implications of these findings for the classification of super-recognisers are discussed.
Type: Journal Article
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Rights: © 2016 Bobak, Pampoulov and Bate. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Affiliation: Psychology
Bournemouth University
Bournemouth University

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