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I Don’t Know His Name, But His Face Rings a Bell

Allison Blazek www.drblazek.com image © icanhascheezeburger.com [photo: Black-and-white photo of Anton Levey, a bald white man with a dark goatee, holding a snake. Meme-style text on photo reads, “Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name!] You are at a party. You are introduced to the wife of an acquaintance. You have met her before over the last ten years, at least three times. She shakes your hand as if she has never seen you. As she walks away, you are likely to think, “She is so rude! She knows she has met me before.” Maybe you say it out loud, and maybe your friends agree with you, having experienced the same thing with her as well. But there is another explanation. She really does not remember meeting you. She has prosopagnosia, also known as facial blindness. Once thought to be very rare, it appears to be more common…