Thursday, July 19, 2012

University of Wisconsin Prosopagnosia Study.

This was in the comment section of the last post, but I am reposting it to make sure everyone sees it. A Prosopagnosic study being conducted, in need of participants. Time to do your part. It helps us all to know more about our interactions with others.

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


Thank you!

Trish Devine
Department of Psychology
University of Wisconsin – Madison

This 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


Anonymous said...

The test keeps hanging on page 2 (details of the study). >> =K appears. Bug? I'm using IE and Windows 7,

Tim (

Prosopagnosia Psychology said...

Everything is fixed now! Thank you for your interest in our Social Perception study.

zannie said...

Was that first part supposed to determine if I'm face blind or not? I guess that might identify the most extreme cases of PA, but I think most of us "middle of the road" face blind people are going to be able to answer most (if not all) of those correctly. That doesn't mean we're not face blind.

A single quick test is not going to give you a very full answer about a person's degree of impairment. Even the in depth tests they use for actual PA studies are hard to do because we develop coping mechanisms. People with high intelligence or strong problem solving skills can perform well in life and in tests even with significant face recognition impairment.

But, if you'd wanted a more accurate test, you could have shown us six faces at the end of the survey and asked which of them we had seen in the course of the survey, or something like that.

zannie said...

Also, is 2% of the population really "such a rare condition"?