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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 06:00 PM

Optical Illusion Turns Pretty Hollywood Actors Into Freaky Monsters

Freaky...



Not even Hollywood's most beautiful are inmune to our brain's faulty image processing. Liv Tyler, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., Keira Knightley, Christina Hendricks—all of them turn to creepy monsters when you get them through this freaky optical illusion.

http://gizmodo.com/5979656/optical-illusion-turns-pretty-hollywood-actors-into-freaky-monsters

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Reply Optical Illusion Turns Pretty Hollywood Actors Into Freaky Monsters (Original post)
pokerfan Jan 2013 OP
Auggie Jan 2013 #1
tridim Jan 2013 #2
Mnemosyne Jan 2013 #3
pokerfan Jan 2013 #4
Mnemosyne Jan 2013 #6
pokerfan Jan 2013 #7
Mnemosyne Jan 2013 #8
AnneD Jan 2013 #16
Mnemosyne Jan 2013 #17
Isoldeblue Jan 2013 #18
Mnemosyne Jan 2013 #19
Warpy Jan 2013 #5
Confusious Jan 2013 #9
pokerfan Jan 2013 #10
Heather MC Feb 2013 #20
NRaleighLiberal Jan 2013 #11
SeattleVet Jan 2013 #12
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #13
marble falls Jan 2013 #14
Iggo Jan 2013 #15

Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 06:02 PM

1. Wow! Who knew?

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 06:03 PM

2. That is incredible!

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 06:18 PM

3. Or maybe, the veil is dropping!

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Response to Mnemosyne (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 06:33 PM

4. Exactly

Focusing on the cross breaks the charm spell of enchantment.

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Response to pokerfan (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 10:01 PM

6. Thank goodness we see the truth.



Seriously though, what is truth? What is reality?

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Response to Mnemosyne (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 10:29 PM

7. It works in real life, too

You would be surprised how grotesque people can be when you're not looking directly at them. Reality is pretty much a Twilight Zone...

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Response to pokerfan (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 10:33 PM

8. Loved that episode! And agree, things aren't always quite what we think we 'see'. nt

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Response to Mnemosyne (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:55 PM

16. One of my favs...

Also How to serve Man. I loved the Twilight Zone.

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Response to AnneD (Reply #16)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 04:58 PM

17. "It's a cookbook!" Hehehe. Miss TZ and Tales From the Darkside.

They were such thought-provoking shows, unlike The Bachelor, et all.

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Response to Mnemosyne (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:06 PM

18. It's all relative....... :) n/t

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Response to Isoldeblue (Reply #18)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:18 PM

19. So, you've seen my relatives?!

Welcome to DU, enjoy the ride!

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 06:34 PM

5. Whoa! That's really freaky

The aliens have landed!

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 10:58 PM

9. Hah. Weird. The only one who doesn't turn is Patrick Stewart.

I have to much trust in captain picard.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 11:25 PM

10. The explanation...

since this is the science forum...

Like many interesting scientific discoveries, this one was an accident. Sean Murphy, an undergraduate student, was working alone in the lab on a set of faces for one of his experiments. He aligned a set of faces at the eyes and started to skim through them. After a few seconds, he noticed that some of the faces began to appear highly deformed and grotesque. He looked at the especially ugly faces individually, but each of them appeared normal or even attractive. We called it the “Flashed Face Distortion Effect” and wanted to share it with the world, so we put it on YouTube.

The effect seems to depend on processing each face in light of the others. By aligning the faces at the eyes and presenting them quickly, it becomes much easier to compare them, so the differences between the faces are more extreme. If someone has a large jaw, it looks almost ogre-like. If they have an especially large forehead, then it looks particularly bulbous. We’re conducting several experiments right now to figure out exactly what’s causing this effect, so watch this space!

http://mbthompson.com/research/

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Response to pokerfan (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 12:10 AM

20. my unasked, uneducated, zero research opinion

I don't think the brain can process the image changes fast enough so it begins to merge some of the faces together.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 12:24 AM

11. that is just so cool!

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 01:08 AM

12. At the Gizdomo site there is a video using just series of single faces

and you get the same 'distortion' effect.

(To me it almost looked like they had slipped in extra photos of Christopher Walken.)

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 03:48 AM

13. Typical day at the market. n/t

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 09:21 AM

14. Creepy and disturbing.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:09 PM

15. That is so cool!!!!

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