Lie, deny, sigh, these have been my social coping skills. Trying to figure out a better way to go through life as a prosopagnosic, aka, faceblind person.
These guys (again, I don't "recognize" them at all) I can tell apart because the guy with the flag has distinctive eyes for me. If people have a feature that stands out on their face in some way, I can use that as a clue. (For some reason, it seems like it's not usually the feature that stands out to other people when I try to get descriptions). The people I think look similar also don't seem to be the same people that those without prosopagnosia look similar. For instance: I got Steve Carrell and Peter Jacobson (Taub on "House") mixed up in various roles for years... that is I thought they were the same person and there was only one of them. I still have to think about it :P
lol... wait... are these the same guys as in the last post? I just reread your sentence "can you tell them apart *now*" and realized that you must mean they were the same people as the previous post. I stand corrected... I apparently couldn't even tell that I'd just seen and commented on them before :P. You'd think at this point in my life such things would no longer embarrass me but... yeah. :P
Hello, my name is Trish Devine, and I am a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I study social perception, and I am conducting a study with people who have prosopagnosia, examining how different social categories are perceived via the face versus other cues. The study only takes about 15 minutes. Because prosopagnosia is such a rare condition, we need as much help as we can get finding people to be in our study. If you wouldn’t mind posting a link to our experiment (below) on your blog, we would really appreciate it. People with prosopagnosia can provide a unique and essential perspective, granting them the ability to contribute greatly to our understanding of social perception. If you have any questions about the study or anything else, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.Link:https://sites.google.com/site/wisconsinsocialpsych/prosopagnosia-studyThank you!Trish DevineDepartment of PsychologyUniversity of Wisconsin – MadisonThis research is being conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board. If you have any questions or comments, you can reply to this email, contact the principle investigator of the Interpersonal Perceptions Lab at email@example.com.
(forgive my using "anonymous" as my name, I'm annoyed with Google, at the moment, and there isn't a facebook link in the open ID slot. My name is T. W. Dragon.) Oh, man! At first glance, if they hadn't been placed side by side, I never would have pegged them as two different people! I had to flick my gaze back and forth several times before I could find the differences. Fellow at the bottom; nostrils on a flatter angle and his eyes are larger. Fellow above, nostrils angled upward, eyes much smaller, slightly different hairline... Put 'em both in the same suit, and I'd be lost... Argh.
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