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In the Illusion of Sex Change, by Richard Russell of Harvard University, two faces are perceived as male and female. However, rest assured that the both faces are actually versions of the same androgynous face (neither male, nor female). One face was created by increasing the contrast of the androgynous face, while the other face was created by decreasing the contrast. The face with more contrast is perceived as female, while the face with less contrast is perceived as male.
The Illusion of Sex Change demonstrates that contrast is an important cue for perceiving the sex of a face, with greater contrast appearing feminine, and lesser contrast appearing masculine. This optical illusion won the prize in 2009 optical illusion contest as well.
Originally posted by MrVertigo
Hm... They both look female to me though the one with more contrast (the right one) actually looks a bit more male to me.
In my youthful days, I might have wanted to grow a beard too, just to keep the guys from hitting on me so I could actually have fun at the bar. j/k
Originally posted by NJE03
Questions like this make me happy to grow a beard, sets the men apart from the women. There are times that one cannot be sure of whether a person is male or female. A friend of mine is a testament of this - he was picking a 'girl' in a bar, later on that night he discovered that 'she' had a surprise for him.
Originally posted by RankRancid
Reply to post by phi1618
I'm going to Thailand at the end of the year! This is important. How do you tell when they can shave adam's apples? You just made me cancel my trip
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