reply to post by cosmicstorm
It could have been several things, so... who knows?
It certainly sounds like a case of momentary prosopagnosia, the inability to recognise faces - or even the onset of the same disorder on a permanent
(Let's hope not. But it would be interesting to find out whether anything similar had happened to her before - or since.)
It has to be said, however, that the label and classification of a phenomenon as a cognitive "disorder" doesn't necessarily explain its origins -
or, indeed, its nature. I mean, it is certainly a dis-order, in the strict sense of the term - but not necessarily a disease
, as most
neurologists would claim it to be.
(But, by the same token, this caveat does not imply that it is NOT a disease.)
Or perhaps she could've been slightly drowsy, or sleepy, or so immersed in her own thoughts (even while conversing with you, it can happen - I know
that I certainly can appear to be interested in the conversation while my mind is wandering far away :-) that another image, perhaps from her
memories, was superposed onto the image of your face.
(And if she is afflicted by astigmatism, for example, that certainly could contribute to the distortion of the image.)
Or perhaps she "simply" caught your face in a real moment of fluidity.
People's faces CAN change their appearance in a remarkably protean way.
(It's a very interesting subject, but it doesn't belong here because it's too complicated... and I am too sleepy. :-)
After all, all that we see is just... light.
[edit on 10-5-2008 by Vanitas]