The Sluckin Lecture is an annual event at the University of Leicester to commemorate Professor Wladyslaw Sluckin (1919–1985), one of the original members of the University of Leicester’s Department of Psychology and Head of Department from 1973 until his retirement in 1984. He was Editor of the British Journal of Psychology from 1967 to 1973. He had a lasting influence on generations of students and colleagues and remains an inspiration to the School of Psychology and to British psychology in general.
The first Sluckin Lecture was delivered in 1991 by Professor Patrick Bateson, FRS, of King’s College, Cambridge.
2024 - Dr Richard Cook, Leeds University
Wednesday 1 May, 5.00pm - 6.00pm
Developmental prosopagnosia: Lifelong "face-blindness"
Most people take for granted their ability to recognise faces. There is growing appreciation, however, that developmental prosopagnosia – a neurodevelopmental condition characterised by lifelong face recognition difficulties – is far more common than was once believed. As many as 1 in 50 people report face recognition problems severe enough to disrupt their daily lives, and around 1 in 200 meet conservative diagnostic criteria. In this lecture, I will describe how we identify cases of developmental prosopagnosia, discuss what is known about the origins of the condition, and consider its psychosocial consequences.
The seminar will be held in Lecture Theatre 1, George Davies Centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1 7HA. The event is followed by a drinks reception in the George Davies Centre Reception Atrium.