This Sunday (March 18) CBS' 60 Minutes is airing a two-segment episode on prosopagnosia. Also known as face blindness, prosopagnosia is a disorder in which a person with otherwise normal vision cannot recognize faces. (If you can't see the preview above, click here to go to the 60 Minutes site.)
I first learned about prosopagnosia years ago when reading about Dr. P, the title case in Oliver Sacks' book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. It's ironic, of course, that Dr. Sacks himself has recently disclosed his own prosopagnosia and appears in the program too. Dr. Sacks and the artist Chuck Close who also has prosopagnosia were featured talking about the disorder in a 2010 Radiolab podcast called Strangers in The Mirror.
I'm setting my TiVo to record 60 Minutes on Sunday - plus extra time in case the NCAA games run long. If you watch it and have thoughts about the program, or have other prosopagnosia resources to share, please do so in the comments below.
--posted by Steve