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When Your Brain Doesn’t Recognize Faces

The science behind ‘face blindness’

A man looks at his reflection in the mirror. He appears confused.
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MMuch 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…




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Jeremy Sutton, PhD

Jeremy Sutton, PhD

Psychologist in Human Performance. Writing about positive psychology and the science of mind to better understand human potential. Owner Explorethelimits.com

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