Does Lincoln’s face look normal?

Does Lincoln’s face look normal?

It seems normal but now, look at it upright: Lincoln’s eyes do not look quite right! Some neurons in the brain seem specialized in processing faces. Faces are usually seen upright. When presented upside down, the brain no longer recognizes a picture of a face as a face but rather as an object. Neurons processing objects are different from those processing faces and not as specialized. As a consequence these neurons do not respond to face distortions as well. This explains why we miss the weird eyes when the face is inverted.

Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: September 2, 2016

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