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Identifying face-blindness

Some questions used to determine whether someone may have prosopagnosia:

Would you have problems finding your party's table in a restaurant?

Would you recognize a famous actor or politician, if you saw him or her unexpectedly in the street or in a restaurant?

If somebody looked into your office, asked a questions and left, would you be able to recognize him or her some minutes later in a group of people?

At larger functions or parties, do you talk to someone for a couple of minutes and then find you can't remember his or her face a few minutes later?

Picture yourself in mall or at the airport: If someone you don't recognize greets you and starts talking to you in a very familiar way, what do you do? (Typical answer from someone who has trouble recognizing faces: I would try to find out from his or her voice and from the subjects discussed, who he or she might be.)

SOURCE: Thomas Grüter

To take a longer test, using celebrity faces, go to: www.icn.ucl.ac.uk/facetests/ and click on "test my face recognition"

For general information on Harvard's prosopagnosia research, go to www.faceblind.org. Marlene Behrmann's research is at http://www.cnbc.cmu.edu/~behrmann/.

For a layman's website about prosopagnosia, go to home.earthlink.net/~blankface/prosopagnosia.shtml.

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