Latest Prosopagnosia Stories
Johnny Depp has an unforgettable face. Tony Angelotti, his stunt double in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” does not. So why is it that when they’re swashbuckling on screen, audiences worldwide see them both as the same person? UC Berkeley scientists have cracked that mystery.
Why does it take longer to recognize a familiar face when seen in an unfamiliar setting, like seeing a work colleague when on holiday?
For Bradley Duchaine, there is definitely more than meets the eye where faces are concerned.
“Face recognition is an important social skill, but not all of us are equally good at it,” says Beijing Normal University cognitive psychologist Jia Liu.
Face and voice are the two main features by which we recognise other people.
Brain damage can cause significant changes in behaviour, such as loss of cognitive skills, but also reveals much about how the nervous system deals with consciousness.
In our dynamic 3D world, we can encounter a familiar face from any angle and still recognize that face with ease, even if the person has, for example, changed his hair style.
A specific area in our brains is responsible for processing information about human and animal faces, both how we recognize them and how we interpret facial expressions.
Acquired prosopagnosia reveals what is special about normal face recognition.
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