Wednesday, September 24, 2014


When we learned about prosopagnosia which is face blindness in our perception class, i thought to my self how hard it must be for people to live with out being able to recognize other people's faces. I thought it was very interesting and wanted to learn more about it so i did a little more research. As we know, this is a cognitive  disorder of face perception where the ability to recognize faces is impaired. I found out that while you cant really fix it, through treatment, they can be retrained to use other clues to identify the individual. Some learn to develop compensatory mechanisms to help them identify the individual and for some who cant, it can be socially crippling.  Imagine you can't identify the closest people to you or your friends? this can eventually damage your relationships and even in some cases your careers. Some individuals acquire the disorder following neurological damage such as a stroke or head injury. Some people just simply fail to develop normal face processing  abilities despite normal intellectual and perceptual functioning. I also learned that prosopagnosia may be linked to people with autism. Like i mentioned earlier, there is no formal treatment for this disorder but researchers are working on advancing our understanding of the causes of this disorder,

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