Prosopagnosia Essay

2478 WordsApr 25, 201110 Pages
Prosopagnosia is defined as the difficulty in recognizing an individuals face; it is broken down into 3 main types; Apperceptive prosopagnosia, associative prosopagnosia and developmental prosopagnosia. Perception is an important aspect when recognizing faces, without recognizing the stimulus (face) you would not be able to identify a person. Therefore the individuals who sufferer from this disorder is unable to accurately recognize a face whether that be the face of a familiar person such as a family member or close friend, the face of a famous person, or even their own face. This paper will look at prosopagnosia in greater detail, it will explain the 3 main types, as well as give insight as to why face recognition is important in our…show more content…
Individuals who suffer from developmental prosopagnosia have had impairments of face recognition since birth; nonetheless they have no sign of any neurological damage in their brain (Bate, Haslam, Jansari, & Hodgson, 2009, p. 392). Schmalzl, Palermo, Harris, & Coltheart (2009), stated that “the perception and recognition of faces is one of the most important function of our visual system, and given its importances face processing has become one of the more prominent areas of reseach in cognitive neuroscience” (p. 287). Sensory basis for prosopagnosia are important to be looked at, because it tells you what areas of the brain are associated. Prosopagnosia occurs due to the damage to the fusiform face area, in the fusiform gyrus that is located in the temporal lobe and damages to the to the occipital face area located in the occipital lobe (Grüter, Grüter, & Carbon, 2008, p. 82). However in individuals who experiences developmental prosopagnosia seem to have normal fusiform face area functioning. Grüter, Grüter, & Carbon (2008), stated that the right fusiform face areas in most individuals reacts the strongest to the stimulus of a face (p.83). A connection
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