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Face Blindness

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The science behind ‘face blindness’

A man looks at his reflection in the mirror. He appears confused.
A man looks at his reflection in the mirror. He appears confused.
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Much of human engagement relies upon the ability to recognize familiar faces. And yet this seemingly simple, widespread human capacity, which builds and strengthens social bonds, is not a given for everyone.

People with “face blindness”— known as prosopagnosia (from the Greek words for “face” and “without knowledge”) — find it difficult, and sometimes impossible, to recognize best friends, family members, and even themselves. A 2016 review in Eye and Brain noted that although it’s often linked to brain damage resulting from trauma, face blindness can also be passed down in families and found in children.

British actor Stephen Fry…

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