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Cambridge Face Memory Test for Children

Verbal Instructions for the Cambridge Face Memory Test - Children's Version. 

Below are the instructions for the test. A Zip file of the test can be downloaded from this page.


This task is going to be on the computer, and it's all about faces. You are going to learn what some faces look like, and then we're going to see how well you can remember them.

(For inverted version: now before we start, I'll just tell you that there's going to be something a bit strange about the faces you're going to see in this task. They're all going to be upside down. So don't worry, my computer hasn't gone wrong!)


We'll start off with a nice, easy practice one so that you can get the hang of what to do. You are going to see a face and I want you to look at it really carefully so you can remember what it looks like. After you've seen it from three different angles, we'll give you a little test to see if you can remember it. Does that sound ok?

I think you'll recognize who this first person is ... yes, it's Bart Simpson! So first you see his face looking over in that direction [point], now you see him again this time looking at you and again looking somewhere over there [point]. [Important to emphasise that they see the same faces three times, just in different views.]

Now, this is the test part, the computer is showing you two faces, and all you have to do is decide which of these faces you have just seen. If you think it was face 1 (point on screen) then you press 1 (point on keyboard) and if you think it was face 2 (point on screen) then you press 2 (point on keyboard).


Well done! You got all those practice ones right, that's brilliant! Now we're going to do exactly the same thing, but this time with real faces. So you're going to learn about the faces of five different people – five boys – are you ready to give the first one a go?

This is the first face. So you see him first facing in that direction [point], now he's looking at you and now he's facing me. Now there are two faces. Which face did you just see? Excellent, well done!

Now, here is the second face ... [and so on until the child sees all 5 faces.]

Ok, that was really good, well done! Now you're going to see those same five target faces again. Have a really careful look at them so you can remember what they look like.

For the rest of the task, it'll be just like the ones you've been doing. You'll see two faces, and all you have to do is choose which one you've seen before. If you think face 1 is one of the five target faces you've just been looking at then you press 1, and if you think face 2 is, then you press 2. So you see the right answer can be any one of those five faces you've just seen. Sometimes the wrong face can look very like the right face, so make sure you look really carefully at both faces before you answer. Do you understand what you have to do? [clarify if necessary, or guidethem through the first trial.] Ready to go?


OK, that was really good! Have another careful look at the five target faces so you can remember what they look like. In this next part, it'll be just the same as before, except this timethe faces are going to be a bit fuzzy. So if you find it a bit trickier, don't worry at all.

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