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Table 2 Detailed results of the famous face experiment for J

From: The hidden identity of faces: a case of lifelong prosopagnosia

Known For/As Name On List Known Number Familiar Number Names Mistakes
HIMYM Alyson Hannigan (Lily) yes yes 5 5  
Jason Segel (Marshall) yes yes 4 4  
Neil Patrick Harris (Barney) yes yes 4 3  
Josh Radnor (Ted) no yes 0 0  
Cobie Smulders (Robin) no yes 2 0 Mariska Hargitay
Cristin Milioti (Tracy) no no 1 0 Audrey Hepburn
House Robert Sean Leonard (Wilson) yes yes 5 5  
Hugh Laurie (House) yes yes 4 4  
Omar Epps (Eric Foreman) no yes 3 3  
Lisa Edelstein (Lisa Cuddy) no yes 0 0  
Law & Order Ice-T (Odafin “Fin” Tutuola) no yes 5 5  
Mariska Hargitay (Liv) yes yes 3 3  
Dann Florek (Donald Cragen) no yes 1 1  
Big Bang Theory Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper) no yes 1 0 Wilson
Kaley Cuoco (Penny) no yes 0 0  
Bones Emily Deschanel (“Bones”) yes yes 4 4 a Spice Girl
Musician Britney Spears no yes 3 3  
Elvis Presley no yes 4 0  
Beyonce no yes 0 0  
Shakira no yes 0 0  
Taylor Swift no no 0 0  
Usher no no 0 0  
Movie Actor Will Smith yes yes 5 5  
Leonardo DiCaprio no yes 5 4 Brad Pitt
Tom Cruise no yes 4 4  
Nicole Kidman yes yes 3 3  
George Clooney no yes 1 0 Charlie Sheen
Mila Kunis no yes 0 0  
Benedict Cumberbatch no no 1 0  
Emma Watson no no 0 0  
Politician Barack Obama yes yes 5 4  
Angela Merkel yes yes 4 4  
Sigmar Gabriel no yes 2 1  
Sahra Wagenknecht no yes 0 0  
Ursula von der Leyen no yes 0 0  
Sports-person Joachim Loew no yes 5 4 Wilson
Bastian Schweinsteiger no yes 0 0  
TV Host Guenther Jauch yes yes 4 4  
News-anchor Katja Burkard yes yes 0 0  
Caren Miosga yes yes 2 0 Kate Winslet
Jan Hofer no yes 0 0  
Judith Rakers no yes 0 0  
  1. J’s responses for the part of the famous face test where only inner features are shown. “Recognizable” refers to whether J thinks that she can usually recognize that person based on the face. “Known” refers to whether J said she knew who the person is. “Familiarity” refers to how often J reported a feeling of familiarity with the face, out of 5 trials. “Naming” refers to the number of times J could correctly name the person (out of 5). “Mistakes” lists any incorrect naming responses given by J. HIMYM: “How I Met Your Mother”