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June 18, 2012 8:40 PM Subscribe
What's the opposite of someone losing facial recognition or facial pattern matching capacity?
posted by trinity8-director to Health & Fitness (7 answers total)
You know how Alzheimer's or dementia patients lose the ability to remember faces?
Since most things have opposites, I started wondering if there an opposing condition?
Is there a mental disorder/disease/illness/injury wherein the patient starts to think or believe that all or most strangers look familiar? As in thinking they've known each other in the past but can't recall where or when or the name of the person?
Not that the patient is better at recognizing faces, only that the patient thinks it is so.
I was thinking this might make an interesting/different condition for a character in a story but only if it is a real thing, even if rare. I don't mind making one up if it doesn't exist.