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pros·o·pag·no·si·a (prŏs′ə-păg-nō′sē-ə, -zē-ə)
A disorder characterized by the inability to recognize people by their faces. In some cases it is present at birth, and in others it is the result of a brain injury. Also called face blindness.
[Greek prosōpon, face, character; see prosopopeia + agnōsiā, agnosia; see agnosia.]
pro′so·pag·no′si·ac′ (prŏs′ə-păg-nō′sē-ăk′, -zē-ăk′) adj. & n.
(Psychiatry) an inability to recognize faces
[C20: from Greek prosōpon face + agnosia]
References in periodicals archive
While face processing is more active in the right hemisphere and word processing more so in the left, both show bilateral networks that overlap and there are some small studies to suggest that prosopagnosics
may have impairments of word processing, though results are inconsistent and difficult to interpret .
Voxel-based morphometry reveals reduced grey matter volume in the temporal cortex of developmental prosopagnosics
. Brain, 132, 3443-3455.
"Not surprisingly, many prosopagnosics
have impairments with both faces and objects," says Bradley Duchaine of Dartmouth College.
In fact, brain scans on prosopagnosics
uncover fewer neurons in the temperal lobe - the part which processes faces.