What does the developmental prosopagnosia screening process involve?
The researcher will begin the screening process with a brief interview about your experiences with faces. We will not ask you anything personal, and you are not obliged to answer any questions that you do not feel comfortable with. All information you give to us will be kept strictly confidential.
In the remainder of the session you will be asked to carry out a series of tests that will assess your ability to recognise faces, objects and emotional expressions. You will also complete a brief IQ test, a simple vision test and a social anxiety questionnaire. Some tests are completed using a pen and paper, others will use a computer. No invasive procedures will be used at all. Following your screening appointment we may contact you via email to request that you complete an additional social anxiety questionnaire, which should take approximately 5 minutes of your time. This questionnaire is voluntary and can be completed online from your own home.
Where does the screening take place?
The screening will take place at the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law in the Clarendon Building at Teesside University in Middlesbrough. A campus map can be found at the following link: https://www.tees.ac.uk/docs/docrepo/about/CampusMap.pdf.
How long will the screening take?
The full screening process should take around 2-3 hours. You can complete the screening in one appointment, or split it over several days if you prefer. All of the tests are fairly short, and you can take as many breaks as you wish throughout the screening.
What information will I receive from the screening?
Within 2 weeks of the screening appointment we will provide you with a report detailing your scores on each of the tests we carried out with you. At this stage we can tell you whether your results are consistent with the profile of developmental prosopagnosia, and therefore whether we would like you to participate in any further research (presuming you are happy to do so).
Please be aware that even if your scores are consistent with developmental prosopagnosia, we cannot offer a medical diagnosis. It may be that your face recognition difficulties are a symptom of another condition which we are unable to test for. For this reason, we strongly advise you to discuss any concerns that you might have with a qualified medical professional.