Discover Magazine: The human brain can recognize 5,000 faces

| Posted in Brain Education, Brain Research

We see countless people everyday — in stores, in the gym, on television and during our commutes. But how many faces can we actually recognize? For the first time, a paper, published Wednesday (Oct. 10) in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, has an answer: 5,000, more or less. That’s quite a jump from our evolutionary past. After all, the social circle of our foraging ancestors hovered around 100 to 250, meaning that’s how many faces they needed to recognize to get on with their lives and distinguish between friend and foe. (October 10, 2018)

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