Prospagnosia can be embarrassing – especially if the face you’ve forgotten is one with which you ought to be familiar.
But those of us who have a bad memory for faces can blame our reading skills:
. . . when the researchers showed participants pictures of faces, the visual word form area of those who could read was much less active than that of participants who could not read. So, the researchers speculate, learning to read competes with face recognition ability – in this part of the brain at least.
“The intriguing possibility that our face-perception abilities suffer in proportion to our reading skills will be explored in future research,” they say.
Does this mean next time I’m discombobulated by prospagnosia I can excuse myself by saying I read
to too well to remember faces?
Hat Tip: Beatties Book Blog.