Familiar faces rendered strange: Why inconsistent realism drives characters into the uncanny valley

@inproceedings{Chattopadhyay2016FamiliarFR,
  title={Familiar faces rendered strange: Why inconsistent realism drives characters into the uncanny valley},
  author={Debaleena Chattopadhyay and Karl F. MacDorman},
  booktitle={Journal of vision},
  year={2016}
}
Computer-modeled characters resembling real people sometimes elicit cold, eerie feelings. This effect, called the uncanny valley, has been attributed to uncertainty about whether the character is human or living or real. Uncertainty, however, neither explains why anthropomorphic characters lie in the uncanny valley nor their characteristic eeriness. We propose that realism inconsistency causes anthropomorphic characters to appear unfamiliar, despite their physical similarity to real people… CONTINUE READING
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