Eyes without a Face: A Neurologist’s Experience of Face Blindness
with Holly Hinson, M.D.
Imagine living in a world populated with strangers, except those unfamiliar faces are in fact those of family and friends! While it sounds like science fiction, the condition of being unable to recognize familiar faces, known as “prosopagnosia”, is much more common than previously believed. Face blind individuals rely on other cues such as height or hairstyle to identify others, and sometimes even themselves.
In this talk, neurologist Holly Hinson will describe the neuro-anatomical basis of face blindness and review some famous cases of prosopagnosia including a famous neurologist (Oliver Sacks) and a portrait painter (Chuck Close). Dr. Hinson discovered she was face blind in the course of her residency in Neurology. She will also chronicle her own misadventures with the condition.
Holly E. Hinson, M.D.
, is a board-certified neurologist, specializing in caring for patients with life-threatening neurologic emergencies such as stroke, seizures, and traumatic brain injury. She completed her residency training in neurology at the University of Maryland, as well as a fellowship in Neurocritical Care at Johns Hopkins University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurocritical care at Oregon Health and Science University, where she cares for patients and pursues research in acute brain injury. She finds critically ill patients especially rewarding and challenging. She is also the recipient of the 2012 American Brain Foundation Practice Research Training Fellowship for her work in traumatic brain injury. When not caring for critically ill patients, she spends time caring for her French bulldog, Hulot.
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