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Demonstration - Face Distortion

The flashed face distortion effect, where pretty faces turn ugly.

This novel face distortion effect results 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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Created: Friday, 8th July 2011 by paulj
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