Recently, a team in Cambridge has developed a diagnostic tool for prosopagnosia, a rare disorder of face perception where the ability to recognize faces is impaired, although the ability to recognize objects may be relatively intact. While this work has made it easier to sort out between those who are truly prosopagnosic and those who have a more global agnosia, a recent report shows that prosopagnosia is much more common that you would think.
An impressive 2 percent of the population may have some fom of prosopagnosia! That means that millions of people are not only poor but disastrous at recognizing faces, even from famous people.
So next time you meet a person whos name you've forgotten, don't worry. At least you're not prosopagnosic!