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Flashed Face Distortion Effect: Grotesque Faces from Relative Spaces

  1. Jason M Tangen
  2. Sean C Murphy
  3. Matthew B Thompson
  1. School of Psychology, University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD 4072, Australia
  1. e-mail: jtangen{at}psy.uq.edu.au


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.

  • Received March 24, 2011.
  • Revision received May 26, 2011.
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