Monday, January 7, 2013

Facial Recognition and AMD

"Abnormalities of eye movement and fixation may contribute to difficulty in perceiving and recognizing faces among older adults with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), suggests a study 'Abnormal Fixation in Individuals with AMD when Viewing an Image of a Face' appearing in the January issue of Optometry and Vision Science," writes Science Digest. "Unlike people with normal vision focus, those with AMD don't focus on "internal features" (the eyes, nose and mouth) when looking at the image of a face, according to the study by William Seiple, PhD, and colleagues of Lighthouse International, New York. They write, 'Abnormal eye movement patterns and fixations may contribute to deficits in face perception in AMD patients.'" Read more.

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