Prosopagnosia

Domain : Symptoms

Category : My daily life

Simplified definition

Inability to recognize familiar faces (our own face or another’s) and to remember new faces.

Source: Houria Aiouaz, for Alzheimer Foundation

Referenced definition

“Prosopagnosia is a neurocognitive disorder characterized by severely impaired face recognition.”

Source: Dalrymple KA, Garrido L, Duchaine B. Dissociation between face perception and face memory in adults, but not children, with developmental prosopagnosia. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 2014;10:10-20.

Context

“Not surprisingly, prosopagnosia can create serious social problems. Several estimates suggest 1 in 50 people are prosopagnosic. It can be accompanied by recognition impairments affecting other categories such as scenes, cars, and facial expressions of emotion, but in some cases, face recognition deficits occur in isolation.”

Source: Faceblind.org. Understanding Prosopagnosia. [Internet]. [cited on May 9, 2023]. 

Synonym(s)

Face blindness

Prosopagnosia : RELATED DEFINITIONS

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