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Face blindness: Seeing but not seeing

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Posted in Science on 11th Oct, 2013 01:33 AM by AlexMuller

There are two main forms of prosopagnosia; developmental - where people fail to develop face processing abilities which is thought to affect around 2% of the population, and acquired, which develops after some form of brain injury and is much rarer.

 
Dr Ashok Jansari, a cognitive neuropsychology expert from the University of East London said: "Acquired prosopagnosia is extremely rare because the type of brain damage is very specific,.
 
"It can be caused by damage to the back of the brain on the right-hand side in an area known generally as the right occipito-temporal region."
 
David said: "I don't know what's worse - not being able to ever recognise people or at 56 years old - as it happened to me - suddenly not being able to recognise anybody".
 
He added that the worst part is the social embarrassment.
 
"We were on holiday in Cuba and I'd been snorkelling in the sea. I was talking with this guy from Denmark, when this woman swam up and said 'buenos dias' and I went 'hello, pleased to meet you', thinking it was his wife, but it was actually my wife and I hadn't recognised her."
 
David can see people perfectly well - but 10 or 15 minutes later he cannot recognise them.
 
He now tells clients: "If I ignore you, I'm not being rude, it is just that I can't recognise you."


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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-11
+2
Thanks to Dr Ashok Jansari, a cognitive neuropsychology for his work. I am glad to read that this rare condition only affects about 2% of the people and apparently this is no cure for it. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-24
+0
yR32ce Thanks for the post.Really thank you! Awesome. Reply


 

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