Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Neuropsychology of Grilled-Cheese Sandwich Faces

From today's New York Times:

Faces, faces everywhere
By ELIZABETH SVOBODA
Published: February 13, 2007

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Why do we see faces everywhere we look: in the Moon, in Rorschach inkblots, in the interference patterns on the surface of oil spills? Why are some Lay’s chips the spitting image of Fidel Castro, and why was a cinnamon bun with a striking likeness to Mother Teresa kept for years under glass in a coffee shop in Nashville, where it was nicknamed the Nun Bun?

Compelling answers are beginning to emerge from biologists and computer scientists who are gaining new insights into how the brain recognizes and processes facial data.

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