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Some people are exceptionally good at recognising voices


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Some people are exceptionally good at recognising voices

By Jason Arunn Murugesu A small fraction of people who are great at recognising faces can also put the skill to use on voices fotografixx/GettySuper voice recognisers, people with extraordinary abilities to remember and recognise human voices, are out there. And they could potentially transform counter-terrorism and surveillance operations, some suggest. People with an exceptional…

Some people are exceptionally good at recognising voices

By Jason Arunn Murugesu

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A small fraction of people who are great at recognising faces can also put the skill to use on voices

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Super voice recognisers, people with extraordinary abilities to remember and recognise human voices, are out there. And they could potentially transform counter-terrorism and surveillance operations, some suggest.

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People with an exceptional knack for recognising faces, known as super-recognisers, seized the zeitgeist more than 10 years ago, when it was discovered that about 2 per cent of the population had such an ability. London’s Metropolitan Police Service later created a specialised unit of officers with this skill, some of whom …

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