New Questionnaire Could Help Diagnose “Face Blindness”

(Image: Shutterstock)

(WTNH) — Scientists have come up with a quick survey which could help differentiate someone who’s just bad at faces and someone who can’t recognize even the most familiar people.

Certain people can have difficulty recognizing people by just their faces, even like their friends and family. Doctors have dubbed the issue “face blindness” or “prosopagnosia.” People with the disorder use other cues like voice, clothes, hairstyle, or other unmistakable features (like an unusual birth mark or scar) to help recognize people.

According to the Center for Face Processing Disorders, a German study found 2 to 2.5% of people may have that difficulty. The BBC reports a similar number in the UK. Researchers say prosopagnosia is not related to intelligence or another memory issue.

Dr. Richard Cook, Dr. Punit Shah, and City University London and Kings College London have come up with this 20 question survey to help measure face blindness. This computer-based test shows volunteers several famous faces and unfamiliar faces, which you will have to distinguish from each other.

Doctors warn that the test cannot tell you if you definitely have face blindness, but it can give you a starting point to see any possible symptoms.

For more information, check out the Prosopagnosia Research Centers website for research between Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and University College London.  You can also check out the Center for Face Processing Disorders website, and the Trouble With Faces website.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s