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Health & Fitness > Prosopagnosia


I think I may have mentioned this before but I have trouble recognizing faces. Today I discovered it has a name, prosopagnosia aka face blindness. I found a bonafide test: and out of mild, moderate and severe, my score was dead centre of moderate.

This article really struck home with me.

Now all I need to do is figure out how to pronounce prosopagnosia.

posted on Nov 19, 2016 1:35 PM ()


Prosopagnosia, that sounds like a flower bulb. I used to think I was pretty good at recognizing faces, because in old movies I usually recognized actors no one else in the room did, but in real life (where we aren't in black and white) I'm not so good. My brain programming could be a lot better.
comment by drmaus on Nov 20, 2016 9:27 AM ()
Well yeah, not to you, but I read "The man who mistook his wife for a hat", but not "The man who mistook hos wife for a stranger".
comment by jjoohhnn on Nov 20, 2016 7:37 AM ()
I started out that test thinking how hard it is for the rest of us to understand how that must be for someone who has it. But as I worked through the questions, there were several that apply to me - I have in so many words told people that if they change clothes and/or I see them in a different context, be sure to remind me I've met them before. And come to think of it, all of the 40-something builders working on my new cabin look alike, and I don't even try to tell them apart, I just talk to the first one I come to as if he's in charge. And then there's the movie thing: all those 30-something male actors look alike to me and I firmly believe that unless there is a plot reason such as a confusion in identity built into the movie, there needs to be a blond, a brunette, and maybe a redhead among the main characters so I can tell them apart. So, look at me - mere moments after I'm congratulating myself on not having prosopagnosia, I'm realizing I'm right there with you trying to spell it, much less pronounce it.
comment by troutbend on Nov 20, 2016 6:54 AM ()
This is different.
comment by jjoohhnn on Nov 19, 2016 3:57 PM ()
Not to me.
reply by nittineedles on Nov 19, 2016 4:14 PM ()

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