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Factors affecting the perception of 3D facial symmetry from 2D projections

Lewis, Michael 2017. Factors affecting the perception of 3D facial symmetry from 2D projections. Symmetry 9 (10) , 243. 10.3390/sym9100243

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Facial symmetry is believed to have an evolutionary significance and so its detection should be robust in natural settings. Previous studies of facial symmetry detection have used front views of faces where the decision could be made on 2D image properties rather than 3D facial properties. These studies also employed comparative judgements, which could be influenced by attractiveness rather than symmetry. Two experiments explored the ability to detect typical levels of 3D facial asymmetry (contrasted with wholly symmetrical faces) from 2D projections of faces. Experiment 1 showed that asymmetry detection was impaired by inversion but even more impaired by 90 degrees rotation demonstrating the importance of the vertical reflection. Asymmetry detection was also reduced by yaw rotation of the head but still above chance at 30 degrees rotation. Experiment 2 explored the effect of asymmetrical lighting and yaw rotation up to 45 degrees. Detection of asymmetry was affected by asymmetrical lighting and yaw rotation in a non-additive manner. The results are discussed in terms of the special role that faces and vertical symmetry play in visual perception.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2073-8994
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 October 2017
Date of Acceptance: 18 October 2017
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2019 11:55

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