Summary – Have you ever looked at a cloud formation and seen a face? The “man in the moon”? Well, if you do enough abstract photography you’ll see faces pop out every once in a while. Why??
Recognizing faces is important to humans
Parts of our brain are devoted solely to this task
So our brains “are wired this way”, but why?
It’s an evolutionary development for survival
Recognizing friend versus foe is paramount
A Bowl of Vegetables – or is it
Depends on your point of view
Roll your mouse over the image
The Vegetable Gardener
Giuseppe Arcimboldo (c. 1590)
When data enters your vision system, the brain is “wired” to
Quickly recognize these four elements
Because – your life may depend on it!
However, the wiring is orientation dependent
The next orientation of the identical four elements
Doesn’t trigger “face” in your brain
As strongly as the first orientation
This is what’s behind the Vegetable Gardener
The realism with which the four elements is presented
May help differentiate your friends Mary & John
(and will take a bit longer), but
“Alert! There’s a face! Not sure who, but be ready to flee!!
Happens quickly & automatically without
You actually “willing it to happen”
Does anyone else see this face in Friday’s abstract example?
How about this image from the surface of Mars?
Do you need more convincing?
Role the mouse over this one
You’d be sad, too
Every time I looked at this in the past
I sew the face and
Wondered how I could use a photo of it
Now I know 😉
And how about emoticons – :o)
I think the internet evolution has
Evolved our brains to
Recognize side-ways faces 😐 😉
This post is a different take on facial recognition than
On government facial recognition research
For identifying faces in crowds
This relates to the “Is it John or Mary?” question
Step 1 in our brain is to recognize a (potential) face
Identifying that face from all of the faces we know
Goes beyond the automatic “potential face alert”
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