The tipping point of animacy. How, when, and where we perceive life in a face.

@article{Looser2010TheTP,
  title={The tipping point of animacy. How, when, and where we perceive life in a face.},
  author={Christine E. Looser and Thalia Wheatley},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2010},
  volume={21 12},
  pages={
          1854-62
        }
}
Faces capture humans' attention; yet, beyond aesthetic appreciation, it is presumably not the face itself that interests people but the mind behind it. Minds think, feel, and act in ways that have direct consequences for well-being, but despite their importance, how minds are perceived in faces is not well understood. We investigated this mechanism by presenting participants with morphed images created from animate (human) and inanimate (mannequin) faces. Life and mind were perceived to "appear… CONTINUE READING

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