Prosopagnosia and face recognition

View transcripts of past chats on this topic here: Apr 19, 2016, May 1, 2016, Feb 11, 2018, August 30, 2020, and May 7, 2023.

Today’s #AutChat topic is prosopagnosia, which is difficulty recognizing faces. It’s a problem for many (not all) autistic people.

Prosopagnosia can happen in other conditions too, such as Williams Syndrome, Alzheimer’s, and acquired brain damage. #AutChat

Prosopagnosia is sometimes used to only mean “can’t recognize faces at all.” We’re going to also talk about subtler difficulties. #AutChat


Q1: How good are you at recognizing and remembering faces? Good? Average? Not great? Awful? #AutChat

Q2: Has your ability to recognize faces changed over the course of your lifetime? #AutChat

Q3: If you have difficulty recognizing faces, what problems does this create for you (for example, work, school, TV)? #AutChat

Q4: If you have difficulty recognizing faces, what strategies do you use to recognize people or tell them apart? #AutChat

(Special question for Feb 11, 2018)
Q5: This is the three-year anniversary of #AutChat! How is AutChat going for you? Are there particular things you would like to see in the upcoming year?

Questions for this #autchat were written by @theoriesofminds.


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