Using Art Therapy as a Tool for Rehabilitating Individuals With Prosopagnosia: Two Case Studies
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Degree Granting Institution
Notre Dame de Namur University
Lizbeth Martin, PhD
Richard Carolan, EdD, ATR-BC
Carolee Stabno, PsyD, MFT
Prosopagnosia is a rare neuropathological disorder characterized by the inability to recognize familiar faces, also called faceblindness. While much research has been done on the neurological basis of prosopagnosia, there is little research on therapies to treat the disorder (Francis, Riddoch, & Humphreys, 2002). Studies indicate that drawing can reveal brain damage, and can also remediate brain dysfunction (Cheyne-King, 1990). This study involved two prosopagnosic individuals to test the hypothesis that drawing faces can improve face recognition performance. Results indicated an improvement in recognition of photographs, but results were not generalized to day to day experience.