(Prosopagnosia, Facial Agnosia)
Prosopagnosia (face blindness) facts*
*Prosopagnosia (face blindness) facts medical author: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
- Face blindness is a brain disorder characterized by the inability to recognize faces.
- Face blindness is thought to be the result of abnormalities, damage, or impairment in the right fusiform gyrus, a fold in the brain that appears to coordinate the neural systems that control facial perception and memory.
- Face blindness can result from stroke, traumatic brain injury, or certain neurodegenerative diseases.
- The focus of any treatment should be to help the individual with face blindness develop compensatory strategies.
- Adults who have face blindness as a result of stroke or brain trauma can be retrained to use other clues to identify individuals.
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