Living in a Faceless World

Topics: Face perception, Prosopagnosia, Face Pages: 3 (1187 words) Published: October 14, 2012
Ben Dingman
Period 2
October 2, 2012

Living in a Faceless World

Imagine not being able to recognize your parents, living your everyday life at school and work, let alone recognizing yourself when you look into the mirror. Living in a Faceless World written by Joshua Davis is an article of how Brad Duchaine tries to solve the mystery of prosopagnosia. Fortunately, the majority of people don’t have to life with this condition. Duchaine’s first studies were on Zoë Hunn and Bill Choisser and how the condition affected their lives personally. Duchaine tried to help them learn more about their condition. Our parents most of the time pass down at least one trait that we are not too fond of. Unfortunately in Zoë Hunn’s life case, her father passed down prosopagnosia. Both of them just assumed they were bad with faces. Since Zoë couldn’t even recognize herself, she had no idea how gorgeous she was. When she was fourteen years old, her friends convinced her to do a modeling contest with them; which she ended up winning. Her prize was an offer from a modeling agency. She ended up being signed by Models 1 in London. Whenever she looked at photos, she could never recognize or spot herself. Since she was completely unable to appreciate how beautiful she was, she decided to go see a doctor. When the doctor didn’t find anything abnormal about her, he suggested counseling for shyness. Zoë never got actual help for her problem. She continued to travel and pursue her modeling career. When she was in Edinburgh, Scotland for the annual theater festival; she saw a performer that changed her life. His name was Mick and he was a tall mime with white hair and intense black eyebrows. Davis stated on page 53, “He was the first person she felt she’d ever really seen.” Mick was also the first person she had ever recognized, due to his distinctive features; she realized that when she saw him again at a bar and knew who he was. She was so compelled by this experience that she...
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