For many years I would run into people that I thought I knew. They were very familiar. Perhaps it was because I attended hundreds of events providing music and spent evenings with hundreds of people. It would make sense that I must have seen them at some time or another, yet I didn’t know them. I just remembered their face. This research claims that the average person recognizes 5000 faces. Some recognize even more.
A research team from the University of York has determined that the average person is familiar with around 5,000 faces. This is the first time experts have managed to put a number on how many faces we recognize.
The researchers tested study participants on how many faces they could recall from their personal lives or from the media and television.
The participants were also asked who they recognized out of thousands of photographs of famous people. The volunteers needed to recognize two different photos of each person for consistency. Overall, the participants knew between 1,000 and 10,000 faces.