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The 'super-recognisers' who never, ever, forget a face

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Health Check's Claudia Hammond has a forgettable face.

To find out why, she speaks to experts to learn about the psychology of face recognition. What makes a face stay in a person's mind - is a bright smile? A big nose? Alluring eyes?

She meets the "super-recognisers" - the people with a gift of never forgetting a face, no matter how little time they have spent in each other's company.

But she also hears from those with the opposite problem, including one mother who could not recognise her own daughter.


Health Check is the BBC World Service's weekly round up of global health stories and topical issues in medicine, first broadcast every Monday at 10:32 BST. You can listen again online , or download and subscribe to the podcast .

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