Thursday, June 5, 2014

WHY I WALK ON PAST YOU...

...AS IF I'D NEVER SEEN YOU BEFORE


A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO 
PROSOPAGNOSIA
(with pictures!)




The first pictures are of Deanna Troi disguised as a Romulan and the half-Romulan daughter of Tasha Yar from Star Trek-The Next Generation.

The second example is of Patty and Cathy Lane from The Patty Duke Show from the 1960s. I never could figure out how those two looked alike. They didn't and don't look alike to me.


Both of these are actual examples of TV shows that confused and baffled me back in the day when I had never heard of faceblindness.

There is a Yahoo Group Face Blindness Prosopagnosia of which I am a member.

Here are links for more information

NINDS Prosopagnosia Information Page - for those who like government pages

Prosopagnosia - 10 FAQs

Prosopagnosia Research Centers - for the academically inclined

TEST YOURSELF! - If you wonder if you might have a wee touch of this condition.

 






3 comments:

  1. The two Deanna Troi pictures are obviously different. One pair has big forehead ridges, so they must be a different person (hang on, it's a prosthetic - so the answer is I don't know).

    Patty Duke was not to my knowledge ever shown in the UK, but the Patty Duke pictures are obviously different people, I think, maybe.

    Malcolm

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  3. Hi, Malcolm! Yeah, the forehead ridges sort of give it away. They are just covered by the bangs (fringe) in the second picture. To even things out, I have given Deanna bangs long enough to cover the ridges. The confusion of these two is absolutely legitimate for me. I had the very devil of a time looking at Tasha's daughter and not seeing her as Deanna as a Romulan.

    The Patty Duke pictures, all three of them - are of the same person. Identical cousins. I have watched them change identities on camera and I still swear they look like 2 different people.

    Here, take a look at the opening theme from the TV show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIzGzFmCVqM

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