prosopagnosia

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prosopagnosia

 [pros″o-pag-no´se-ah]
inability to recognize the faces of other people or one's own features in a mirror, due to damage to the underside of both occipital lobes.

pros·o·pag·no·si·a

(pros'ō-pag-nō'sē-ă),
Difficulty in recognizing familiar faces.
[prosop- + G. a- priv. + gnōsis, recognition]

prosopagnosia

/proso·pag·no·sia/ (-pag-no´se-ah) inability to recognize faces due to damage to the underside of both occipital lobes.

prosopagnosia

(prŏs′ə-păg-nō′zē-ə, -zhə, prō′-)
n.
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.

pro′so·pag·no′sic (-zĭk), pro′so·pag·no′si·ac′ (-zē-ăk′) adj. & n.

prosopagnosia

Neurology Inability to recognize familiar faces unexplained by defective visual acuity or ↓ consciousness or alertness

pros·o·pag·no·si·a

(pros'ŏ-pag-nō'zē-ă)
Difficulty in recognizing familiar faces.
[prosop- + G. a- priv. + gnōsis, recognition]

prosopagnosia 

Inability to recognize faces. It may be due to a lesion in one area of the inferotemporal (IT) cortex. See agnosia.
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But if you see them in the shops a few days later, out of context, a prosopagnosic would not know who they are.
Scientists are still trying to discover why the area of the brain that processes faces has not developed in prosopagnosics.
Having been told that their injury should cause problems with recognizing faces, prosopagnosics usually give up quickly on tests of this ability, she says.