Prosopagnosia

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  • A rare disorder that impairs one's ability to recognize familiar faces, such as one's family members, friends, celebrities, and even one's own face. This often results from damage to the temporal lobes in the brain. Even though prosopagnosiacs cannot overtly recognize faces, research has shown that they exhibit greater electrical activity in the brain and increased autonomic arousal when presented with familiar as compared with unfamiliar faces. Thus, they exhibit some recognition but do not realize this. For more information, see Bruce and Young (2000).

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