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Topographic Agnosia...I get lost very easily

posted 24 May 2012, 10:59 by Jan Szafranski   [ updated 24 May 2012, 11:00 ]
Have you ever become lost in a place that was once familiar? Then you are not alone. Amy Murphy explains Topographic Agnosia on her blog: 

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In searching the net I have come across the term, Topographic Agnosia, also known as "Place Blindness", Navigational Agnosia, Developmental Topographic Disorientation (when the condition is present at birth) with "agnosia" meaning loss of or inability.
Some people with autistic spectrum disorders such as Aspergers frequently become lost because they can't remember previously known places. It has been estimated that up to one third of those with Aspergers (no idea where the writer got this number from..would love to know) suffer from topographic agnosia, or place blindness, which causes them to become lost easily. This can happen in areas they know very well if familiar landmarks change.