Prosopagnosia: a face-specific disorder

Q J Exp Psychol A. 1993 Feb;46(1):1-10. doi: 10.1080/14640749308401064.


A follow-up study of a patient, WJ with a very severe prosopagnosia is reported. After a stroke he became a farmer and acquired a flock of sheep. He learn to recognize and name many of his sheep, and his performance on tests of recognition memory and paired-associate learning for sheep was significantly better than on comparable tests using human face stimuli. It is concluded that in some instances prosopagnosia can be a face-specific disorder.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Agnosia / psychology*
  • Animals
  • Association Learning
  • Face*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual*
  • Sheep*