Brad Pitt Face Blindness: University Offers Prosopagnosia Test To Star

brad pitt face blindness:  University Offers Prosopagnosia Test To Star

brad pitt face blindness: University Offers Prosopagnosia Test To Star (photo courtesy Paul Bird)

Pitt face blindness

Brad Pitt believes he has a condition that affects one out of every 50 individuals.

The medical condition is known as prosopagnosia and causes difficulty when trying to recognize faces. Brad Pitt first broke this story to Esquire, and he explained he cannot remember people by just their face.

Pitt told the magazine, “”So many people hate me because they think I’m disrespecting them.” For Brad Pitt, it does not matter if he had a heart-to-heart with the person because he still will have difficulty recognizing them. Pitt has tried different ways of trying to recognize a face and asking them questions to try to remember.

Brad Pitt assumes that individuals do not believe he suffers from the medical condition, and rather they presume he is just egotistical. Brad Pitt often offends people when he does not recognize them, so they believe this could just be an excuse for his rudeness.

Brad Pitt has not been tested for this condition, but Carnegie Mellon University has offered to have Pitt’s brain analyzed. Carnegie Mellon University is one of the few places that performs test for as prosopagnosia. They have the equipment that can analyze brain images and recognize signs of prosopagnosia.

“Carnegie Mellon is one of the very few places that can both test for face blindness and perform the brain imaging in our state-of-the-art imaging center,” said Behrmann, professor of psychology within CMU’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“Faces are among the most compelling visual stimulation that we encounter, and recognizing faces taxes our visual perception system to the hilt,” Behrmann said. “Carnegie Mellon has a longstanding history for embracing a full-system account of the brain. We have the computational tools and technology to push further into looking past one single brain region. Face blindness is an intriguing neurological disorder, and we have already turned up a few clues as to what causes this problem. If Mr. Pitt would be willing, we would be honored to image his brain for diagnostic purposes.”

Recently, Behrmann and her team of researchers identified the brain’s system – an entire network of cortical areas that work together – that is responsible for face recognition. The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), transformed neural visual perception research because they give scientists a focal point to develop targeted remedies for disorders such as face blindness.

“Faces are among the most compelling visual stimulation that we encounter, and recognizing faces taxes our visual perception system to the hilt,” Behrmann said. “Carnegie Mellon has a longstanding history for embracing a full-system account of the brain. We have the computational tools and technology to push further into looking past one single brain region. Face blindness is an intriguing neurological disorder, and we have already turned up a few clues as to what causes this problem. If Mr. Pitt would be willing, we would be honored to image his brain for diagnostic purposes.”

Carnegie Mellon is a world leader in the brain and behavioral sciences. To build on its foundation of research excellence in psychology, neuroscience and computational science, CMU has recently launched a Brain, Mind and Learning initiative to enhance the university’s ability to innovate in both the laboratory and in the world.

Source:

Carnegie Mellon Invites Brad Pitt To Campus For Face Blindness Diagnosis, Research
http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/23/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/brad-pitt-esquire-face-blindness/index.html

Carnegie Mellon University
http://www.cnbc.cmu.edu/~behrmann/



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