Could super recognisers be the latest weapon in the war on terror?

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You may not have heard of “super recognisers” – people who literally never forget a face. In the UK, the London Metropolitan Police has its own super recogniser squad who have been shown to have extraordinary powers of recall when it comes to identifying people from an image or photo.Both in policing and at border control, unfamiliar face matching – rather than face memory – is key to successful operation. Super recognisers have been shown to perform significantly better than control groups in a number of tasks related to identification. So could this enhanced ability to spot a face in a crowd be used in the fight against terrorism?
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • terrorism
  • surveillance
  • super recognisers
  • CCTV images
  • face recognition


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