Shocking Illusion: Pretty Girls Turn Ugly

Submitted by: senren55 5 years ago Science

It"s a new scientific finding called the Flashed Face Distortion Effect. If you know how it works, let us know.
There are 91 comments:
Male 194
wtf, that poo just made my brain want to jump out of my skull and bone a street lamp while yelling "drat the police"
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Female 584
ewwwwwwww
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Female 4,039
Whoa. Freaky.
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Male 406
If you stare at the + the faces will become distorted, to some maybe even grotesque, when in reality they`re all pretty normal when viewing one by one.

It explains it here - http://mbthompson.com/research/
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Male 6,694
Now I have a headache.
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Female 4,349
they were mostly all butt ugly if you looked at them correctly anyway.
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Female 412
I`m guessing it has something to do with your left eye seeing one type of face and your right eye seeing another, and your brain sort of mixing it up because of the short time the faces are visible, it doesn`t have time to process everything properly.
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Female 43
-_- hurt my eyes.
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Male 1,929
WTF is this? They`re all as ugly as they looked while staring at the cross. Massive eyes and poo. I was expecting them to be pretty or something when I played it back. Apparently they do mostly look that bad.
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Male 270
Interesting on how this is a commentary on how we perceive reality.

What you think is true is not, and what is not true to you is true.
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Male 27
I would bet it has something to do with the blind spots in everyones eyes blotting out bits of each face and the brain compensating by filling the missing part with the same part from the other face. Interesting though.
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Male 645
Mind. Blasting.
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Female 5,222
AHH!!
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Female 570
This is amazing!! This technique could lead us onto creating awesome illusions!! I want more.
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Male 1,540
Aghhh such a mind drat
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Female 470
This confused the hell out of me at first because I thought the two faces at the beginning were just going to gradually become ugly. And then when they started changing, I`m like, "FAKE! That`s not even the same person!"

...and then I realized that staring at the cross made it work right, lol.
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Male 414
To be fair, some of them are rotters
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Male 2,143
Ew.
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Male 3,894
That`s terrifying.
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Male 3,364
@Scfan and anyone else that deoesn`t get it: Make sure you`re only looking at the cross in the center. The women will appear to be hideous and grossly distorted. Then watch it again...pause if you have to ..and look at the women....you`ll see that they`re actually normal.
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Male 2,085
I don`t get it either.
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Male 2,592
wow.. yeah the faces weren`t that attractive to begin with, but holy hell.. the faces turn all cartoonishly weird, and that, my friends, is pretty f-ing sweet.
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Male 683
:19 left, that`s a woman?!
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Male 683
Slenderman! I saw him!!! AHHHHH!!!!
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Male 69
Problem: Most of the faces flashed weren`t pretty anyway. This was stupid.
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Female 2,695
i don`t get it
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Male 813
Actually wigamondo, people who can`t see 3D images can`t do so because their brain doesn`t combine images from both eyes into one image (usually because of a condition such as lazy eye). It has absolutely NOTHING to do with focusing your eyes closer or in the distance.
Thanks for playing though dippoo.
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Male 2,790
weird
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Male 7
its a great optical illusion dealing with perferal vision. If you watch the video normally, the faces change and are all "normal" girls. If you then play it back staring at the cross (so the faces go out of focus) when the faces change your brain exaggerates the difference making some hideous faces. It will only work if you look at the cross.
(I would guess that people who have trouble seeing the 3d dot pictures will also struggle to see this as it relies on you un-focusing your eyes to what you want to see)
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Female 255
Yea where`d those eyes disappear to?
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Male 1,268
Neat. Playing with your eyeballs is fun. I like the black box study where they determined we associate the brightest thing we can see (Even if it`s the inside of a pitch black box) as white light before we associate the darkest thing we see.
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Male 256
I`m sure one of those faces as this guy, lol.

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Male 5,094
I don`t get some of you guys` standards when it comes to looks. Hideous? Seriously?
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Female 57
The only ugliness I saw was missing eyes and big foreheads.
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Female 3,001
what the f*ck was that? why did i have to keep my eye on the cross? i dont get it??? nothing happened :(
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Male 319
Some of those faces were pretty hideous (on their own), but when I did it the first time looking only at the cross, I was a little creeped out. I was seeing monsters with 1 eye, with 3 eyes, with horns and balooned out fat faces, huge warts, things that were definitely not there when I went back and watched just the faces. Very, very weird. But I wonder if it were titled differently if it would still work?
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Male 56
They all looked like characters I made in Oblivion. UGLY!
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Male 1,364
huh? what? all i saw was the cross
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Male 697
the faces kind of go blotchy and monsterrish looking. that right?
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Female 285
All that did was waste my time and give me a headache
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Male 1,243
Staring at the cross doesn`t seem to make any difference, it`s still just a random bunch of faces with varying levels of attractiveness. I`m not entirely sure I`m getting this.
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Male 5,413
It`s what headbags are for...
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Female 857
That`s got to be poor perception, too much information throws your brain. WEIRD!
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Male 2,586
I kept my eyes on the cross and didn`t see anything! - I must have done it wrong
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Male 4,902
bad trip, fffuuuuuuu
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Male 2,172
I bet this is what we really look like. Years of evolutions have trained our eyes to see differently but in reality we look like monsters.

I just blow your mind.
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Male 958
thats wild im high and its weird, there faces in some palces are like videogame patched in detail but when I look at it again there faces are regular.. I think the mind cant process it.. that so cool..
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Male 802
No idea what I am supposed to see. It seemed like a bunch of random images. Some average looking some a little less. What`s the trick? Seriously I don`t get it.
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Male 645
they should make a video of what I just saw so i can focus on that poo!
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Male 2,005
i think i saw some orks in there
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Male 12
Who the hell cares if they`re "not very attractive" to begin with? Have you not seen how utterly monsterish they become when you stare at that cross in full screen?
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Male 5,314
yeah i`d have to agree with some comments. not really attractive to begin with, imo.
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Male 32
there is no flashed face distortion effect, these btihces are just fugly.
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Male 1,931
To all those who are calling all of them ugly, congratulations! You are a shallow person!
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Female 515
correction...all or most.
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Female 515
Some of those people are actually very ugly. Just sayin`
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Female 53
It`s even cooler if you cross your eyes and make the faces overlap. Jus` sayin`.
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Male 24
i could of sworn i saw a cyclops...
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Female 673
Awesome optical illusion. :-)
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Male 506
Why couldn`t they add music to this? I thought it was gonna be a `screamer` of some sort.
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Male 137
I laugh at some comments here, why don`t you read some descriptions before making stupid posts.
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Male 297
Has anybody actually gone face-by-face? The variation of skin tone, shape, and levels of attractiveness mesh together because the brain has only fragments of a second for recognition, thus the subconsciousness still processing the previous face simply meshes the information with subsequent faces because the facial features are aligned from image to image and your brain simply "fills in the blanks" too fast to fully erase the previous before taking in the new information thus causing deformation of all faces.
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Female 71
I saw most of them with the face of a llama
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Male 27
AAAAARFGH!!!
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Female 277
The longer I stared the more scared I got, they started looking like Leatherface bred with an alien!
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Male 599
I swear I saw Shrek in there.
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Male 1,737
As far as I can tell, and I`m not an expert in anything, expect maybe TF.

What`s happening is your brain is processing only a little information for the peripheral vision. So your seeing the basic shape of the objects, in this case faces. If you`ve ever seen how some artists draw, where they start with basic shapes for the sketch. That`s all your picking up when focusing on the cross.
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Male 336
I don`t think they looked very good to begin with.
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Male 17
Whilst not overly attractive bunch, if you kept your eyes on the cross in the middle the faces tend to look more like orcs and goblins than humans.
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Male 7,585
okay, i slowed it down and watched it frame by frame, and most of these women are unattractive anyway. this doesnt prove their idea of face distortion, but it does have supporting evidence. I would have to see a lot more to feel it is fully supported.
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Male 1,557
It`s bizarre!!

@LordJim if you do as it says and look at the cross, the faces change but they appear to be horrible monster faces, hideously distorted etc despite not being!
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Male 2,513
Also, I believe there was a man and a girl with herpes among the bunch.
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Male 2,513
I just saw ugly girls staying ugly. Paused it... looked at each face individually. Nope, still ugly.
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Male 1,646
that`s awesome, they looked like demons or fat as hell.
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Male 678
greenbasterd and LordJim, don`t you have peripheral vision?
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Male 3,619
damn that`s trippy :|
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Male 7,123
What, a bunch of faces, some prettier than others, flash up? So what?
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Male 2,376
i dont get it???? just a bunch of faces switching... am i missing something?
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Female 383
Holy drat are the beetches ugly.
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Male 965
They looked like a bunch of NPCs from Oblivion.
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Male 250
Whoa what a trick! Using ugly faces to create an ugly face!
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Male 3,482
Is it supposed to be the whole "Picasso" effect?

I see it part of the time, but not the rest... And to be fair, some of those faces weren`t all that attractive in the first place.
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Male 341
All i could see that wasn`t blurry were their eyes
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Male 25,416
what the?
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Male 126
A lot of them look deformed anyway
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Female 19
I don`t get it...
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Male 1,931
I have a theory. The brain is predisposed to recognize faces. This is why we are so good at telling people apart just from faces, and see faces in things that we shouldn`t (Jesus in a grilled sandwich for example).

Now, when staring at the cross-hair you can only see the faces in peripheral vision. Add to the fact that both your eyes are feeding your brain different information at a fast pace.

In result of this your brain attempts to make a mental image to remember said face in a quick manner. But your brain is receiving contradicting information from your eyes. So it does its best to group the two and in essence `wires cross` and you get a distorted image.
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Male 2,028
Whaaaaaaaaaaat! :O
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Male 1,418
Dear god, that`s trippy. even when I pause the faces look so distorted until I look directly at one of them.
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Male 6,737
HOLY drat MY MIND JUST BLEW
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Male 46
Link: Shocking Illusion: Pretty Girls Turn Ugly [Rate Link] - It`s a new scientific finding called the Flashed Face Distortion Effect. If you know how it works, let us know.
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