The face on the surface of Mars and the face of Jesus on the piece of bread are the most famous faces of objects. They are everywhere when you look right.
Man instantly identify faces, including artificial ones. Many of them are born by chance. Detection takes a fraction of a second. The phenomenon has been known for a long time.
We see faces in objects and places that were not designed to show faces: trees, grilles, bottle openers, split peppers, outlets, or bag wrinkles.
Emoticons popularity also speaks to the fact that not many lines and interpretation are needed on the face.
Our brains need only two adjacent openings for the eyes and the lower middle of the mouth to perceive the face. They create either a happy or sad emotional state and other various nuances.
Twitter has an account named Faces in Things, faces in objects. Anyone can send faces they find in the environment. They seem to be found everywhere.
My own smile is sensitive when you look at the funny faces people find.
Face recognition was very important to us in evolution, even a matter of life and death.
Facial discovery and the emotional states they evoke have been correctly explained experimentally.
The experiments revealed that a person actually reacts to the face of an object rather than to a real face. He quickly finds joy or sorrow, aggression, or even sculpture in them.
This ability was examined in a comparison made by an Australian psychologist David Alais with groups. It appeared in early July in the British In the Royal Society research series B.
Scientifically, the phenomenon is pareidolian one symptom. In it, man finds new meanings for his sensory perceptions. The ability to see faces everywhere was once considered a disorder of the brain, or a symptom of psychosis.
Now the attitude has changed. It is an integral part of the diversity of human observations.
Why our brains also react to a confusing face quickly?
Face recognition may have been and is very important to us in evolution, sometimes even a matter of life or death. So we should react quickly to the face.
“We had and must recognize who he is, a family member, a friend, or an enemy?” Explains the lead author of the study. David Alais From the University of Sydney newspaper in The Guardian.
“And what are his or their intentions and feelings?”
While we may no longer recognize facial danger as often as we used to, the speed of recognition has not disappeared anywhere.
Brain seem to fit the faces of a pattern with two circles next to each other and below the line-like. That’s enough, says Alais.
Speed also applies when we decide how interesting a face is. The popularity of the dating service Tinder can be based on this.
“We can’t shut down the emotion associated with an object face, so we don’t just consider it an object. So the object remains both an object and a face at the same time, ”Alais ponders.
The sliced pepper seems to mock you, and the eraser smiles.
In an experiment Alais tested faces and object faces with the help of 17 university students. The students came from the University of Sydney.
A total of 40 real faces and object images were used in the experiments. Subjects felt they had varying feelings from angry to happy.
Alais divided them into four categories: very angry or a little angry, very happy and a little happy.
Subjects were allowed to briefly evaluate each image. Then they saw saw pictures in a series of 320 pictures. In it, each of the 40 images flashed eight times in a different order.
Half the subjects looked at the real faces first and then at the object faces. The other half did the opposite.
Each participant evaluated a particular image a total of eight times, and the average of these results was the average of the emotion evoked by the image.
The object images produced similar emotions as the real face.
Research may be able to develop facial recognition of artificial intelligence. It can also help study brain disorders, Alais says.