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    Mar 21, 2016

    Teacher spends hours memorising students' faces

    EACH year, Kate spends a few months studying the photos of students in her classes for more than an hour every night, trying to remember a sea of faces that are indistinguishable to her.

    The 29-year-old Australian teacher was 22 when she found out she had face-blindness.

    Kate, who lives in Singapore, puts "very conscious effort" into reciting to herself a person's key features, such as a chipped tooth, a peculiar mole or a unique piercing, to remember a face.

    "If I did not do this, I would recall faces about as well as someone else would recall, say, the elbows of people they meet," she said.

    Kate added that not recognising someone quickly is a "huge social faux pas" and hopes for heightened awareness of face-blindness.

    As a child, she was frequently scolded or punished for what was perceived as rudeness.

    "I was convinced that I must be stupid because I knew I was not forgetting people on purpose or trying to be rude, but other people just seemed to be able to remember others easily," she noted.

    Kate does not keep up with celebrity culture, as "recognising famous people seems to be an integral part of it".

    "I find kind, genuine facial expressions beautiful on anyone. A tendency to sneer will make even a supermodel look hideous to me," she added.