Jump to content. Top of the page Check Your Symptoms. It is not unusual to occasionally forget where you put your keys or glasses, where you parked your car, or the name of an acquaintance. As you age, it may take you longer to remember things.
Prosopagnosia , also called face blindness ,  is a cognitive disorder of face perception in which the ability to recognize familiar faces , including one's own face self-recognition , is impaired, while other aspects of visual processing e. The term originally referred to a condition following acute brain damage acquired prosopagnosia , but a congenital or developmental form of the disorder also exists, which may affect up to 2. The functionality of the fusiform gyrus allows most people to recognize faces in more detail than they do similarly complex inanimate objects. For those with prosopagnosia, the new method for recognizing faces depends on the less sensitive object-recognition system.
Back to Health A to Z. Prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness, means you cannot recognise people's faces. Face blindness often affects people from birth and is usually a problem a person has for most or all of their life.
Verified by Psychology Today. Talking Apes. Not only humans but many other social animals recognize their group mates by their faces.