PEO­PLE CAN RECOG­NISE AT LEAST 5 000 FACES

Pretoria News - - Metro -

PAS­SEN­GERS yes­ter­day boarded a record-break­ing, globe-span­ning flight from Sin­ga­pore to New York’s Ne­wark Lib­erty In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

The 19-hour 16 700km Sin­ga­pore Air­lines flight is of­fi­cially the world’s long­est non­stop com­mer­cial air route.

The A350 cabin in­te­rior has been de­signed to feel roomier, with fewer seats, wider win­dows, higher ceil­ings, al­most ver­ti­cal side­walls, LED light­ing and a low noise level, 1 200 hours of au­dio­vi­sual en­ter­tain­ment and a well­ness menu to im­prove pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence.

The flight yes­ter­day topped the pre­vi­ous long­est di­rect link be­tween cities – Qatar Air­ways Flight 921 from Auck­land to Doha, which takes 17 hours 40 min­utes. Aus­tralia’s Qan­tas Air­ways is con­sid­er­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of an even longer 20hour Syd­ney-Lon­don flight from 2022. – Staff Re­porter THE aver­age per­son can recog­nise about 5 000 faces, a study has found.

Re­searchers gave par­tic­i­pants an hour to list ev­ery­one whose face they could re­call – in­clud­ing those whose name they were un­sure of. They were also shown thou­sands of pho­tos of fa­mous peo­ple, in­clud­ing ac­tors and politi­cians, and asked which they recog­nised.

On aver­age, the par­tic­i­pants re­called 362 faces they knew per­son­ally dur­ing the hour and recog­nised an aver­age of 290 fa­mous faces.

By ex­trap­o­lat­ing from the data – on the ba­sis that the par­tic­i­pants knew more faces than they were able to re­call in the hour – the Uni­ver­sity of York re­searchers ar­rived at the aver­age of 5 000.

Even the per­son with the low­est re­call knew around 1 000 faces, while the per­son with the best me­mory knew 10 000. Dr Rob Jenk­ins, of the uni­ver­sity’s De­part­ment of Psy­chol­ogy, said: “We haven’t yet found a limit on how many faces the brain can han­dle.”

The re­search was pub­lished in the jour­nal Royal So­ci­ety Pro­ceed­ings. | Daily Mail

Jor­da­nian Am­bas­sador Ibrahim Awawdeh, spokesper­son for the Arab cul­tural com­mit­tee within the Coun­cil of Arab Am­bas­sadors.

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