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Prosopagnosia, or the inability to recognize faces: can this be developmental?

I am increasingly embarrassed by not recognizing others that I have met. It is happening with increasing frequency. I am otherwise good at detail. No silly answers!

My sister has the same problem. She doesnt care. She believes they arent worth remembering anyway!!!  (+ info)

I suffer from Maartechen Syndrome, can anyone suggest reading material or treatment courses?

I have a rare disorder known as Maartechen Syndrome. It presents with the inability to observe oneself in reflective surfaces. I've read it may be related to prosopagnosia, but material on this syndrome is very limited. It is very difficult to find health professionals with any experience with it. If anyone can recommend books that deal with Maartechen Syndrome or treatment that has worked for them, I'd greatly appreciate it.

You are right, there is very little written on this subject, though there is a brief Wikipedia report that might be helpful:


I understand a paper is being published in December 2007 which considers the etiology and possible treatments, and there is a symposium planned for July 2009 in Lausanne. So watch this space. As a clinical psychologist who has had a number of patients present with this condition in recent years I will say to you what I say to them. Consider placing healing crystals at strategic points in your house to neutralize any negative energy vortices.  (+ info)

Faceblind - Prosopagnosia?

Hi - I have recently learnt about prosopagnosia, a condition that can either be as a result of a head injury or genetics where a person is unable to recognise faces.
I don't have this (or if I do, it's not to such an extreme extent) as I recognise people perfectly well. However, I don't REMEMBER faces. I can remember key facts, such as they were good looking & that I liked their smile, but I can't picture them.
For example, I had a meeting with a client recently whom I'd met only once before about a week earlier. I had no clue what they looked like (and still don't) but when I went to meet them, I recognised them straight away.
For those that know anything about Prosopagnosia, could this be related??

It could be normal for people suffering from prosopagnosia, they compensate by remembering other thing, the shape of a person, the way they walk.
Most of the cases of prosopagnosia that have been documented have been due to brain damage suffered after maturity. In contrast, in cases of developmental prosopagnosia, the onset of prosopagnosia occurred prior to developing normal face recognition abilities (adult levels of face recognition are reached during teenage years).
Apparently it can be hereditary too.
It has only been recognised as a medical condition in the past 15 years.  (+ info)

What psychological and neurological disorders involve disturbances of sensation and perception?



All psychological disorders mess with perception. That's why it's a disorder. Epilepsy will also do that. Especially with Simple Partial seizures/auras.  (+ info)

what is prosopagnosia/face blindness ?

Prosopagnosia is a condition that results in an inability to recognise people by their faces. It usually becomes obvious when the person finds they can’t recognise people they know such as their spouse or other family members. Prosopagnosia is sometimes referred to in general society as ‘face blindness’. For some people it can be quite embarrassing and uncomfortable.

Face recognition problems can occur at a number of different levels:

* Visual sensory problems, such as problems with shape discrimination, can mean that faces are not perceived properly. The most famous case of this kind is Dr P., “The man who mistook his wife for a hat” (Saks, 2005).
* Perception involves integrating all of the information together into a whole, or “Gestalt”. Not being able to do this might mean that even though someone can see all of the parts of a face individually, they may not be able to see a face as a whole.
* Impaired recognition of individuals can be due to problems accessing stored memories of known faces. If a person isn’t able to compare the face in front of them with memories of people they know they won’t be able to recognise them.

read more

http://www.uel.ac.uk/psychology/research/prosopagnosia/index.htm  (+ info)

Prosopagnosia anyone?

Do you know someone who has facial recognition impairement? What happens to someone who has it?

A patient who has proposagnosia can easily compensate by either recognizing the voice of a particular person, such as a relative or friend, or can always ask the name of a person they are interacting with.
I had a patient with proposagnosia from a right parietal lobe stroke, and he also had a visual field cut. He was able to differentiate well by hair color (I'm blonde), so he could tell who I was as his therapist, but the other two therapists were brunettes and he couldn't tell them apart. Once he was taught to associate either's voice, he had no trouble distingushing between them.  (+ info)

Is there a mental condition where a person continully forgets a person's face?

It's not like Prosopagnosia where they just can't see any distinction in the face but where everytime you see someone they are strangers to you.

Yes - it's not a mental condition but a physical admormality of the brain it's called Prosopagnosia  (+ info)

I feel very unhappy with my life.

I don't want to commit suicide but I do feel trapped by a job I can't stand and a lack of ambition. The only thing I want is happiness but I can't see a way forward. I'm very intelligent - approximate IQ 140 - but I really lack any meaningful ambition. I'd be quite happy to win the lottery and never work again. But the fact is that a mega lottery win is a fluke. It may happen but the chances are that it won't. I need to earn at least £20K just to survive but I need a way to escape my current job. I have various disabilities that don't make job hunting easy. I don't know how to progress in the pursuit of happiness.

(My disabilities include partial deafness, Asperger's and developmental prosopagnosia, known as "face blindness".)
I think that I should add that I had a lot of time off work in 2007, eight weeks for a minor operation, four weeks for depression and seven weeks for a contagious disease I caught off my kitten (the kitten is fine). In addition, I had a few days off for colds, flu and migraines. I think that my health record is a problem.

life can deal you all sorts of hands,you are gifted with intelligence and from the sound of it you are quite mature but have the downside of your disabilities..the thing is, when your looking for a job instead of pointing your ,so to put it,"faults" out, make sure that you point out wahat makes you shine. always remember yor good points or you will always be prone to unhappiness. chin up an soar  (+ info)

Recognition Disorders?

Prosopagnosia and Capgras Syndrome
I'd really appreciate CASE STUDIES for the above recognition disorders thanks in advance

I did my degree dissertation on visual agnosia, including a chapter on prosopagnosia. Lots of case studies. I aso have a huge list of the references and papers I used. If you stick your email address at the end of the question, I'll email it to you (I warn you though, its about 22,000 words..) but interesting, i like think! And hopefully its good cos I got a 1st!

Here are the references:


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Trouble talking because of learning disability, and might have Aspergers Syndrome?

Whenever I say more then a sentence it doesn't make sense, what can I do to get better?. And I think I might have Aspergers Syndrome, here are my symptoms:
-I can only talk about things I know what im talking about
-Im very independent and like being by myself way more then with others
- I cant tell stories
- I like jumping
- I cant keep a conversation going, and usually say one work answers
- I have what is called Prosopagnosia which is where you cant see peoples faces
- Im very good at eye contact but thats because of prosopagnosia
- I read that 65% of people who have Prosopagnosia, have AS
- I rarley smile
- I hate talking, all I like doing is playing sports
- All my life ive never talked much
- I get too consumed in a topic and usually research it for a week straight then move on to another
- I have bad posture

Is this AS? And if its not then what could it be?

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