Are you a super recogniser?

Super recognisers have an above average ability to recognise faces. Typically this is classified as being in the top 1-2% on a selection of face recognition tests. We, at the University of Greenwich, are interested in finding people with this ability and creating a selection of tests that can be used to identify them.

Below are our current selection of online tests you can take (this will change over time so please come back and check):

Currently available tests

If you are going to take part in more than one test please use the same personal ID code for each test so that we can match up your results. If you have any questions about the tests please contact

Short Teaser Test Face Matching Test Spotting the face in the crowd test 

Old/New Recognition Test  Recognition Test  Array Test

Fancy a chance to win £50 to help us with the development of a very hard test of super-recognition? All we need from you is 3 or 4 photographs of you – these can be any photographs including selfies. All you need to do is to upload the photos to our photo website and email us to let us know you’ve done it to be entered into our prize draw to win one of three £50 prizes.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email This research has been ethical approved (full details on website). Please forward to friends (must be over 18-years).



Dr Josh P Davis

 Applied Psychology Research Group, University of Greenwich, London, SE9 2UG


Dr Josh P Davis PhD, MSc, BSc, FHEA, MBPsS has been a Senior Lecturer in the Applied Psychology Research Group at the University of Greenwich since 2008. His PhD was on the “Forensic Identification of Unfamiliar Faces in CCTV Images” (2007) and he has since published research on human face recognition and eyewitness identification, the reliability of facial composite systems (e.g., E-FIT, EFIT-V), and methods used by expert witnesses to provide evidence of identification in court (e.g., ‘facial comparison evidence: ‘face mapping’). He is a member of the European Association of Psychology and Law and the British Psychological Society.

Since April 2011, much of his research has specifically focussed on so called ‘super-recognisers’. This research has led to changes in the management and distribution of CCTV images by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). In May 2014, he received funding from the European Commission as part of the €8,406,523 LASIE (2014) consortium, with the primary aim of developing a test of superior face recognition to ensure the MPS can identify, and optimally deploy officers, staff and recruits possessing this ability. A secondary component is to advise on the human-computer LASIE system interface.

He has since advised other UK police forces on super-recognition, consulted with business (e.g., Yoti), and presented his research worldwide (e.g., Australia, Canada, China, Russia, USA). He has featured in the international media and his first co-edited book “Forensic Facial Identification: Theory and Practice of Identification from Eyewitnesses, Composites and CCTV” (Wiley Blackwell) was published in 2015 (Valentine & Davis, 2015).


Further information about Super Recognisers