Shocking illusion – Pretty girls turn horrific!


I just love finding out new ways for our minds and senses to fool us, and especially new kinds of visual illusions like this beauty…

This was just recently discovered, an effect that makes rapidly displayed faces on either side of the video look like hideous monsters when your vision is focused on the central crosshairs.

Mind you, none of these faces has been altered from the original source — They’re all normal looking faces — The effect is dependent upon not focusing on them while they’re being flashed.

See the links below for further information and this video’s source…

Courtesy of TangenCognitionLab

It’s a new scientific finding called the “Flashed Face Distortion Effect”. You can read more about it here

http://mbthompson.com/research

and here

http://www.perceptionweb.com/abstract.cgi?id=p6968

Tangen, J. M., Murphy, S., & Thompson, M. B. (in press). Flashed face distortion effect: Grotesque faces from relative spaces. Perception advance online publication, doi:10.1068/p6968.

Thanks to http://3d.sk for the faces

About Troy Loy

I seek to learn through this site and others how to better my ability as a person and my skill at using my reason and understanding to best effect. I do fractal artwork as a hobby, and I'm working to develop it to professional levels, though I've a bit to go till I reach that degree of skill! This is a crazy world we're in, but maybe I can do a little, if only that, to make it a bit more sane than it otherwise would be.

Posted on Tuesday, 0:19, July 12, 2011, in Psych/Brain stuffs and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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