This amazing celebrities turn ugly illusion video illustrates the “Flashed Face Distortion Effect.” It’s really your brain playing tricks on you by turning pretty celebrities into grotesque and ugly when you focus your attention at the space in between rapidly moving paired pictures. A must see video!
Celebrities in this illusion video turn into hideous, caricature like creatures when you focus your attention on the cross in between 2 different celebrities’ pictures. It’s like the brain tries to combine two different images in some way, making each celebrity face distorted and grotesque! Apparently this whole thing was noticed by accident by Sean Murphy, a researcher from the University of Queensland. The optical illusion was named the “Flashed Face Distortion Effect.”
Here is how Flashed Face Distortion Effect is described by the three researchers, Jason M Tangen, Sean C Murphy, and Matthew B Thompson:
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.
Here is the website link to perception abstract if you are interested in more details.
Enjoy the video, and make sure to ONLY focus on the cross to see the illusion.
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