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What Is Prosopagnosia?

How would it feel if you saw someone but could not really see the face? A term known as Face Blindness is often used to describe an ailment known as Prosopagnosia. The fact that you are not able to tell faces, see faces and place them renders one virtually blind towards the appearance of friends, family and loved ones. If you have Prosopagnosia, then you are called as prosopagnosics.

People with Prosopagnosia are unable to identify people based on their facial characteristics. Many other ways are outlined by the doctors and therapists for the sufferers of Prosopagnosia to identify the people around them. As if on cue, the brain registers other signals like hair, voice, smell etc to place the faces and identify people when the eyes cannot see the facial factors.

Prosopagnosia allows the person to see the nose, eyes and mouth of the other person but the specific combination to place the face is lost on the brain and that’s why it’s unrecognizable.

Although the condition of Prosopagnosia was rare in the past but now every 1 out of 50 Americans are said to be suffering from it. Prosopagnosia can be caused by a neurodegenerative disease, a stroke or a brain injury.

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