pros·​op·​ag·​no·​sia | \ ˌprä-sə-pag-ˈnō-zhə How to pronounce prosopagnosia (audio) \

Definition of prosopagnosia

: a form of visual agnosia characterized by an inability to recognize faces

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Recent Examples on the Web Face blindness—technically known as prosopagnosia—is a neurological disorder that refers to the inability to recognize faces, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Claire Gillespie,, "What Is Face Blindness? Mask Use Might Be Making It Harder for You to Recognize People," 9 Sep. 2020 Damage to this area results in face blindness, or prosopagnosia, which in the most severe cases makes sufferers unable to recognize themselves in pictures and even mirrors. Susana Martinez-conde, Scientific American, "Eyebomb Your Brain," 1 May 2020 Alice has a condition called face blindness, also known as prosopagnosia. Sarah Bate, Scientific American, "New Promise for Those Who Suffer from Face Blindness," 26 Dec. 2019 For example, people with prosopagnosia may have reduced connectivity between brain regions in the face processing network. Karen Lander, Quartz, "The reason you’re an introvert might have to do with how well you recognize faces," 6 Oct. 2019 During the scenes in the underground lab, Bernard runs a diagnostic on himself that returns a list of critical failures, including time slippage, cognitive dissonance, and prosopagnosia. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Best Fan Theories for 'Westworld' Season 2 Are All About Bernard," 24 Apr. 2018 The research could also potentially yield understandings of how the brain sees faces that might help people with congenital prosopagnosia, commonly known as face blindness. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "A New Study Brings Scientists One Step Closer To Mind Reading," 6 Mar. 2018 The only pleasures remaining to the audience are the brief delectation of the flowing pre-Raphaelite hair of Beauty (Leslie Keller) and a lame joke about prosopagnosia. Dan Jakes, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Performing Arts / Theater The best and rest of Rhinofest," 8 Feb. 2018 This is known as acquired prosopagnosia and is relatively rare. Kate Samuelson, Time, "Why You Can't Recognize Other People's Faces," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of prosopagnosia

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prosopagnosia

borrowed from German Prosopagnosie, from Greek prósōpon "face, mask, person" + German Agnosie agnosia — more at prosopopoeia

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“Prosopagnosia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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Medical Definition of prosopagnosia

: a form of visual agnosia characterized by an inability to recognize faces

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