query on neurological condition

Brad Keele nkeele at beach.utmb.edu
Fri Jul 14 12:29:15 EST 1995

"The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" is about a man with a VISUAL 
AGNOSIA.  That is, his eyes work fine (sensation is intact) but the higher 
order processing that integrates the visual information is damaged. Usually 
this occurs when brain vision centers (Broddman areas 17,18 and 19) are 
damaged, for example, after closed head trauma.  A deficit strictly in 
identifying faces suggest even "higher" order processing has been damaged, 
perhaps the medial temporal lobe, where facial recognition is thought to be 

In article <corradj-120795145754 at barnes_mac1.rockefeller.edu>, 
corradj at rockvax.rockefeller.edu says...
>In article <3tuhh9$62u at globe.indirect.com>, dekorse at indirect.com (James
>DeKorse) wrote:
>>       I read a story a while ago about individuals who could not identify
>> faces and others who could not recognize man made objects and such.
>>       Does anyone know the name of this condition r any references on it.
>I don't recall the name of the condition, but you'll find similar stories
>in the books of Oliver Sacks (e.g. "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a
>Hat").  I'm sure Sacks provides some references as well as interesting and
>well written accounts of such syndromes.  Hope this helps.
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N. Bradley Keele
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