Prosopagnosia Open Day
The second annual symposium on prosopagnosia has been organised for Friday 5th October. A primary aim of this event is to bring together and create a forum for dialogue between members of the scientific community and those whose lives are affected by face blindness.
Based on feedback from those who attended last year we have arranged the open day to allow more time for people with face blindness to make a contribution to the discussions. Jo Livingston will be bringing along copies of her new book entitled ‘What’s it like to be face blind’. This work is an edited volume that includes contributions from many of the attendees at last year’s open day, a limited number of copies will be available on the day. We also have an interesting schedule of talks, Kirsten Dalrymple and Martin Eimer will be presenting some of the recent research carried out in the Brain and Behaviour Lab at Birkbeck College, research that many of those attending will have taken part in. The work of local artist Bernice Wilson will be on view throughout the day; Bernice will give a short talk about some of her paintings that represent what it’s like to be face blind. Monica Zenonos will also speak briefly about the London Face Blind Support group which has now been running for almost a year. The schedule includes a number of sessions where attendees will have an opportunity to question speakers, open discussion will be welcomed throughout the day.
The public session starting at 3pm will be open to students, members of the public and the press. We hope the day will go some way in generating and increasing public understanding of face blindness as a condition that people have to negotiate in their everyday lives.