Good Ol' Whatshername
If you've ever had one of those embarrassing senior moments when you run into an acquaintance and can't for the life of you put name to face, you may want to participate in "crowd-sourcing" research on the phenomenon being conducted by the University of Washington. An online test gauges your ability to remember names and faces, and compares your score with those of other people.
You can take the test from your computer, smartphone, iPad, or other mobile devices, and share it on Facebook.
The test web site states: "We often experience trouble remembering the name of a person we have previously met despite recognizing their face as being familiar. A person's ability to successfully recall names to the faces of people they have recently met can be termed face-name memory IQ. If you would like to test your face-name memory IQ, please hit 'Continue' to proceed to our experiment.
This is a short (10 minute) simple study of face name memory. At the end you will receive an estimate of a type of Face- Name Memory IQ, which reflects how well you did compared to everyone else who has completed the study."
Click here to visit the website. You'll need to agree to agree to "informed consent" but you will be free to withdraw at any point and the information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.