New research reveals face blindness may be more common than scientists believed – CTV

March 7, 2023

A new research found that face-blindness probably affects as many as three per cent of the world’s population – significantly more people than initially believed.

Face blindness, also known as developmental prosopagnosia, was previously thought to affect 2 to 2.5 per cent of people.

But researchers at Harvard Medical School and the VA Boston Healthcare System found that of 3,341 individuals involved in their research, 31 of them had major prosopagnosia and 72 of them had a milder form.

Face blindness, a mysterious condition in which an individual perceives the faces of those they know as unfamiliar, or recognizes strangers’ faces, can cause severe social anxiety, according to researchers.

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