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Re^5: When I count, I think of numbers as...

by Joost (Canon)
on Jun 01, 2005 at 16:39 UTC ( #462545=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^4: When I count, I think of numbers as...
in thread When I count, I think of numbers as...

IIRC, recognizing people's faces is a very specialized brain activity, which seems to be only partially related to other visual skills or memory - there is even a disorder called prosopagnosia that specifically impacts the ability to recognize faces.

I have no trouble recognizing peoples faces, but I usually find it very hard to remember their name. Also I haven't been able to learn a single dance in my life so I usually just bounce around :-)

update: I usually don't think of anything at all when I count, but when I'm distracted I do use my fingers.


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Re^6: When I count, I think of numbers as...
by merlyn (Sage) on Jun 01, 2005 at 20:20 UTC
    I'm aware of that condition, but I don't have that. I have a more general problem of not recalling something if I don't also name it. That is, unless I tell myself (in words) that you're wearing a blue shirt, I cannot recall that you had a blue shirt.

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