Do celebrities look like freaky aliens? Your gut reaction is probably "no," or "what?" And you're right that they don't — usually. But it depends how you look at them. It turns out that if you see a bunch of portraits of different people in quick succession, their faces start to look like caricatures, or E.T., or both. This happens even when each portrait, viewed on its own, looks extremely beautiful. This effect has so far been easier to name than to explain — experts call it the flashed face distortion effect, or the alien faces illusion.
Here's the Illusion
Why Do the Faces Look So Creepy?
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Written by Mae Rice July 12, 2018
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