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Names & Faces: What’s your memory IQ?

Do you remember names and faces? Some people are better at this than others, and some claim that they never forget a face.

This is a valuable talent in the family history field, as some of us can immediately recognize people in photographs or remember the names of relatives at reunions or large family weddings.

A new study - and online test - developed by researchers at Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri) will help you learn how good your memory is in relation to others. They are inviting the world to participate in the online experiment.

The 10-minute test can be taken from a computer, smartphone, iPad and other mobile device. It's part of a “crowd-sourcing” science trend, using the Internet to gather research data while allowing participants to learn something about themselves.

I just took it and my rough-estimate score result was 108, meaning that I correctly identified 86% of the name-face pairs.

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