Prosopagnosia – Face Blindness
This is fascinating.
The term “Prosopagnosia” or “Face Blindness” is a “… disorder of face perception where the ability to recognize faces is impaired, while the ability to recognize other objects may be relatively intact.” People who suffer from this use different cues (voice, smell etc.) and other things such as gait to identify people they know. I can only imagine what this must be like.
Two people whose work I admire very much, Chuck Close (painter and artist) and Oliver Sacks (physician, best-selling author, and professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center) both suffer from this condition. This video gives a really interesting insight into the condition, and is from the World Science Fair 2010 which took place last year. Enjoy.
(running time 1hr 21m)