Conquer Your Battlefield Podcast – Interview with Jeffrey Thompson | Living with Prosopagnosia (Face Blindness)

Welcome to the “Conquer Your Battlefield” podcast, where we come together to discuss some of the more significant struggles, and metaphorical battlefields, that we’ve faced along our journeys, and share some insight on how we’ve conquered them.

I’m JD McGibney, and today I’ll be chatting with a man of many talents. He wears many metaphorical hats ( NOT literal ones because his hair is too awesome to cover up). He’s an actor, writer, producer, comedian, Psychology professor, and even a magician. He’s one of the members of the Award winning creative group Great Hair Productions, and is an overall great human being. Today I’ll be talking with Mr. Jeffrey Thompson.

Today we are going to be talking about Face Blindness, or what is clinically called “Prosopagnosia.” Simply put, Prosopagnosia is a neurological disorder that leaves the brain unable to recognize faces or facial expressions. It can be caused from damage to the brain, or be present from birth.

According to a Harvard University study led by Ken Nakayama and Richard Russell, roughly about 2% of people in the UK show signs of having face blindness. While there is not currently a cure, there are a myriad of ways that people can adapt in order to recognize individuals and pick up on emotional cues.

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