Images are from my 12/21/15 Christmas Cactus series post
The “heat maps” show which image elements add (or not) to its memorability. Warmer is better (think ROY G BIV – red, orange,… indigo, violet). The score is the probability that a human viewer who has previously seen an image will remember having seen it when it is shown again. In this case adding the greeting increased the probability 3.6%.
I skimmed through an extract of the MIT 60,000 image test database and the highest score present was 0.99, so this image is pretty rare.
While fooling around I discovered a second perfect-score-image in one of my posts on contrast-and-vision. Here it is:
A green square with a white border (or is it a white square with a green center?)
I’ll return to this simple but perfect image in a later post (spoiler alert):
- It’s no longer perfect if the border is black and not white
- My wife was on to something when I was using a black background in my Christmas Cactus series and she questioned it
- I tried all eight combinations of red, green, blue, and yellow centers with both black and white backgrounds. It seems;
- White makes for a more memorable image
- Effect of center color TBD
- These results offer clues & insights (to me anyway) into the memorability puzzle
So what? Good question. Intellectual curiosity at the moment.