Monday, November 30, 2020

Do You See the Face?

When you look at this shape, what do you see? 

An animal or a person in a costume, or just an abstract shape? 

If you flip the shape over, another reading emerges...... 

....and most people will see a face in profile looking to the left. 

This shape is called the Mooney Face, and it's used to test if special areas of the brain are activated for face recognition tasks. Indeed, the fusiform face area (FFA) lights up when you recognize the second diagram as a face. 

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