2011 volume 40(5) pages 628 – 630
doi:10.1068/p6968

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Tangen J M, Murphy S C, Thompson M B, 2011, "Flashed face distortion effect: Grotesque faces from relative spaces" Perception 40(5) 628 – 630

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Flashed face distortion effect: Grotesque faces from relative spaces

Jason M Tangen, Sean C Murphy, Matthew B Thompson

Abstract. We describe a novel face distortion effect resulting from the fast-paced presentation of eye-aligned faces. When cycling through the faces on a computer screen, each face seems to become a caricature of itself and some faces appear highly deformed, even grotesque. The degree of distortion is greatest for faces that deviate from the others in the set on a particular dimension (eg if a person has a large forehead, it looks particularly large). This new method of image presentation, based on alignment and speed, could provide a useful tool for investigating contrastive distortion effects and face adaptation.

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