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query on neurological condition

Simon Lovestone spjusil at ucl.ac.uk
Thu Jul 13 11:46:15 EST 1995

Not recognising the faces of others is the symptom known as 
'prosopagnosia'. This is supposedly more common in disorders causing 
lesions in the non-dominant parietal lobe of the brain. Not recognising 
one's own face is 'autoprosopagnosia' or the 'mirror sign'. This can be a 
distressing symptom in Alzheimer's disease, for instance, where the 
patient misinterprets the image in a mirror as a stranger. Many other 
neurological diseases can result in these symptoms which are part of the 
more general class of symptoms resulting in difficulty in reconising a 
variety of images - the agnosias.

Hope this helps

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