About The Lab:

The Boston Attention and Learning Lab's research on developmental prosopagnosia is directed by Dr. Joseph DeGutis. We are interested in characterizing and treating developmental prosopagnosia, or congenital face blindness. Our research goals are to understand the neural and behavioral bases of face recognition impairments using a combination of computer-based tasks, EEG, MRI, and eye-tracking technology. 

Our study is funded by the National Institute of Health and is focused on trying to improve everyday face recognition through targeting face recollection memory, or the ability to associate a face with semantic and contextual details. We recently showed this skill is deficient in prosopagnosia (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0010945220301684). We have previously had some success with improving face processing using computer-based training targeting face perception ability (see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4032098/ for more information), and our most recent research is centered on designing and implementing an online face recognition training program, with the aim of improving face recollection.

Research Participation

If you believe you have developmental prosopagnosia and are interested in participating in our research, please email degutis@wjh.harvard.edu. Check out our Participate tab to learn more about the projects we are actively recruiting for.

What is Developmental Prosopagnosia?

Developmental prosopagnosia is a lifelong condition that impairs a person's ability to recognize faces, in the absence of sensory visual problems and intellectual impairment. People with this condition have normal intelligence and memory, typical low-level vision, and no history of brain injury (National Institute of Health).

Quick guide to developmental prosopagnosia

Identifying Hallmark Symptoms of Developmental Prosopagnosia for Non-Experts

Contact Us:

If you have any questions or would like further information, you can reach Dr. Joseph DeGutis at degutis@hms.harvard.edu.