The UK’s only Centre for Face Processing Disorders is located in BU’s Faculty of Science & Technology and is headed by Dr Sarah Bate, Principal Academic in Psychology. She specialises in the condition of prosopagnosia or ‘face blindness’ – the total inability to recognise faces.
One in 50 people is born with a form of prosopagnosia, but it can also be acquired following a head injury or stroke. Sufferers report feelings of anxiety and embarrassment, especially when they fail to recognise familiar people, such as family members or friends.
Research at BU is aiming to improve diagnostic methods and treatment – and public awareness of the condition – leading to a better quality of life for sufferers.
For more information about Dr Bate’s work, visit: www.prosopagnosiaresearch.org/.