Face Recognition Disorders

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Developmental Disorders Affecting Face Recognition in Infancy Face recognition, which is the ability to understand and interpret other faces, is an important aspect of a human life. It is one of the important abilities that humans acquire at birth. There are many areas involved in face processing include the fusiform gyrus, areas in occipital lobe, the amygdala, and other areas of the temporal lobe. Although infants are not aware of the emotional content of the face during their first days, however they can observe the mouth and eyes arrangements of others’ faces. With time, as the infants develop they can process and understand more about the facial expressions, emotions, and arrangement. At their 1st month, they scan external feature of the…show more content…
Schizophrenic patient’s perception, processing, attention, memory, learning, and problem solving are affected. As a result, schizophrenic patient has difficulty in understanding faces and emotions. For example, their ability to process faces’ configuration is reduced. In addition, they have difficulty recognizing fearful or sad faces. Consequently, their social life will be affected in several ways. They will have impaired social skills such as impaired communication, relationships, and interaction. They also might develop Cluster A Personality Disorders including Schizoid, Schizotypal, Paranoid Personality Disorders that will interfere more with their face perception and cause further impairment in their social skills. Obviously, schizophrenic social life will be terrible due to face recognition…show more content…
It is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by severe impairment of face recognition. The exact cause of it is unknown and the brain of the individual will not show any damage to the areas that are responsible for face processing. Despite having normal vision and intelligence, they fail to recognize even the familiar faces that they are seeing every day especially if they change their appearance or clothes. Moreover, they can’t recognize their own face in the mirror. The face process weakness that those children have can cause those children to experience fear because of unable to recognize family and friend faces, which will eventually will lead to anxiety. They also lose self-confidence and may tend to isolate themselves to avoid any embarrassment. As a result, patient with developmental prosopagnosia will usually have fewer friends and will engage less in social activities. However, some patient social life will not be affected because their face recognition is not that severe and they will think that all people struggle recognizing faces like them. Finally, face recognition process will start at birth and disorders such as Schizophrenia, Autism spectrum disorder, and Developmental Prosopagnosia can impair it severely. It is defined as the ability to understand and interpret the face and disorders affecting that may cause difficulties in the patients’ life. The patient
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