Prosopagnosia

« Back to Glossary Index

Prosopagnosia, also known as “face blindness,” is a type of agnosia, a neurological disorder in which the brain has difficulty making sense of the sensory information it receives. In prosopagnosia, the afflicted cannot remember faces or recognize familiar people such as family members, friends, or even their own reflection.

Prosopagnosia is a form of visual agnosia and is generally caused by damage to the occipital and temporal lobes of the brain. It differs from other forms of agnosia, however, in that patients are not limited in their recognition of objects and other stimuli.

« Back to Glossary Index