Neanderthal paintings? : Production of prototypical human (homo sapiens) faces show systematic distortions

Faculty/Professorship: General Psychology and Methodology  
Author(s): Wirth, Benedikt Emanuel; Carbon, Claus-Christian  
Publisher Information: Bamberg : opus
Year of publication: 2014
Pages: 9
Source/Other editions: Ursprünglich in: Perception. – 43 (2014), 1, S. 99 - 102
is version of: 10.1068/p7604
Language(s): English
Licence: German Act on Copyright 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-opus4-106663
People’s sketches of human faces seem to be systematically distorted: The eyes’ position is always higher than in reality. This bias was experimentally analyzed by a series of experiments varying drawing conditions. Participants either drew prototypical faces from memory (studies 1 and 2: free reconstruction; study 3: cued reconstruction) or directly copied average faces (study 4). Participants consistently showed this positioning bias, which is even in accord with facial depictions published in influential research articles by famous face researchers (study 5). We discuss plausible explanations for this reliable and stable bias which is coincidentally similar to the morphology of Neanderthals.
Type: Article
Year of publication: 15. January 2015

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