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Education and Technology by Steve Dembo

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By: Tom

Mon, 27 Jun 2005 14:21:33 +0000

I have the same problem with faces and names. It even happens with people than I know fairly well. Oddly, I can remember huge volumes of biographical information about people whose names I can't recall at all. I just figured I had a problem similar to, but to a lesser extent, a person from the book "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat." Which is a very interesting book. Let me know if you have any luck fixing your problem. I'd love to see something that works as the problem is often very embarrassing and has lead me to avoid most people's names completely for fear of getting them wrong.

By: Casey Hales

Sat, 25 Jun 2005 01:15:57 +0000

Steve, I'm wondering if maybe what you suffer from might be a form of Visual Form Perception. Visual Form Perception – consists of four visual abilities called figure-ground, form constancy, visual closure, and visual discrimination. Figure-ground is the ability to recognize distinct shapes from their background. Form constancy is the ability to recognize two objects that have the same shape but different size or position, identify or recognize a symbol or object when the entire object is not visible. Visual discrimination is the ability to discriminate between visible likeness and differences in size, shape, pattern, form, position, and color. That coupled with Visual Memory... Visual Memory is the ability to recall and use visual information from the past. This skill helps children remember what they read and see by adequately processing information through their short-term memory, from where it is filtered out into the long-term memory. One symptom of poor visualization is: Difficulty recalling what was done or what was seen during the day. If not, then get "The Memory Book" by Harry Lorayne, Jerry Lucas Average Customer Review: 5 Stars Usually ships in 24 hours :) In my case, I can only attribute my inability to recall faces as just plain-old old age. Seriously, your mention of your, for the lack of a better word, disability and how it affects you and the disabiities the children have and our need to understand. There are odd disabilities that we have no idea how they affect our students and as long as we, as educators, can just be aware, then we are better educators for doing that. Casey