Prosopagnosia: Why Some are Blind to Faces


By: Jordan Gaines Lewis, 3rd year PhD candidate in the Neuroscience Program

ProsopagnosiaA few years ago, I had an hour-long conversation with one of my college professors in his office discussing his course that had just wrapped up. We veered off-topic toward the end of our talk, broaching the subjects of his grad school days, cooking hobby, and my blogging.

Less than an hour later, I was loitering around the college’s entrance in my coat, ready to go home for the day. I spotted Dr. L locking up his office and gave him a wave.

He eyed me strangely and walked a couple steps closer before returning the greeting. “Oh, didn’t recognize you in the coat. You were wearing green earlier. Have a good night, Jordan.”

It would have been a puzzling encounter if I didn’t already know about his strange affliction.