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University lab looking to crack face blindness
The Yonas Visual Perception Lab is seeking treatments and new methods of diagnosis.
ByAnne Millerbernd  October 24, 2013 (3 weeks ago)
Stephanie Chase used to recognize some of her Valleyfair coworkers by their ponytails. She thought nothing of it until a male coworker had to consistently remind her of who he was.
Then Chase realized something wasn’t right. She then happened upon a description of prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness, and she discovered she has the disorder.
People with face blindness have difficulty recognizing faces, sometimes even their own. A team of University researchers is working to find the best methods of diagnoses and treatments for the disorder.
Albert Yonas leads the the Yonas Visual Perception Lab, where Chase is a research assistant.
“Most people don’t know the problem exists; some people grow up to think everybody’s got the problem,” Yonas said. “Some people just have unhappy lives,”
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