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Study: ‘Face-blindness’ not so rare

31 May 2006

U.S. and British researchers say they’ve discovered prosopagnosia -- or “face blindness” -- is not as rare as has been believed.

The Harvard University and UCL scientists developed diagnostic tests for the socially disabling inability to recognize or distinguish faces. They have also used a Web site (www.faceblind.org) to identify such individuals.

The researchers – led by Ken Nakayama and Richard Russell at Harvard and Bradley Duchaine [UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience] – found evidence that prosopagnosia might affect as many as 2 percent of the population, suggesting millions of people may be face-blind. …

UPI