What is the strange object depicted below?
Well, it’s my drawing of a Sargent portrait, for one thing. But more interestingly, it’s a face. Yes! It is! If this fact seems surprising, you may be faceblind. Time Magazine has a decent article about prosopagnosia, or “face blindness,” which isn’t exactly the inability to recognize a face, but rather usually to remember faces. McNugget’s worth:
Neuroscientists aren’t sure exactly how the brain perceives faces but know that some ability to do so is present from birth and involves large and broadly distributed parts of the brain– presumably reflecting the importance of face perception to survival. Babies prefer looking at their mother’s visage over a stranger’s and quickly learn to distinguish between male and female faces. Some part of that circuitry seems to be broken in prosopagnosics. Brain scans suggest impairment in the temporal or occipital lobes, both of which are heavily involved in face recognition.