Impairments in Face Perception

Marlene Behrmann, Galia Avidan, Cibu Thomas, Mayu Nishimura

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Anecdotal reports obtained from three individuals with prosopagnosia, all of whom have participated in an investigation, capture the essence of their impairment. This article focuses on the contrast between two prominent forms of prosopagnosia, one of which results from an acquired brain insult in an otherwise premorbidly normal individual and a second which appears to be lifelong and occurs in the absence of any obvious brain damage, at least as evident on conventional brain imaging. It reviews two central issues: the first concerns the similarities and differences in the psychological representations of faces in acquired prosopagnosia (AP) and congenital prosopagnosia (CP), and the second concerns the nature of the underlying neural representations of faces in these two populations. Some well-established overlapping behavioral characteristics are identified.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Face Perception
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191743672
ISBN (Print)9780199559053
StatePublished - 21 Nov 2012


  • Acquired prosopagnosia
  • Behavioral characteristics
  • Congenital prosopagnosia
  • Face perception
  • Impairment
  • Neural representations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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