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We're just beginning to understand the human brain's remarkable capacity to recognize faces

"I am much better at recognizing my neighbors' dogs (they have characteristic shapes and colors) than my neighbors themselves," renowned neurologist and prolific writer Oliver Sacks wrote in his book "The Mind's Eye." Sacks was a prosopagnosic, someone who has difficulties recognizing familiar faces — even, sometimes, their own. The condition, prosopagnosia, is a word that combines the Greek words "prosopon," or face, with "agnos," or lack of knowledge.
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