Audio-Based Caricature Exaggerations (new patent)

  ‘Caricaturization’ (the act of making a caricature of someone/something) can now be performed automatically – and not only that, it can be set to music. Matan Sela and colleagues at Prof. Ron Kimmel’s Geometric Image Processing Lab, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, have developed ‘A novel caricature generation framework for surfaces’. Computer Vision […]

Nose-Raising, Nose-Lengthening and Grimacing (facial actions study)

Researcher Paul Zeichner (artist, illustrator and educator) adds to the literature regarding the documented lists of human facial actions, with the observation that “Seldom-mentioned facial movements referred to here as nose-lengthening and grimacing should also be recognized in related patterns of expression.” See: Nose-Raising, Nose-Lengthening and Grimacing : Expressions of Arousal, Vigilance, Confusion, Aversion and […]

A Yawn Detector, Networked

The Facial Action Coding System (FACS) as depicted above, was chosen as a reference for the ‘Networked Yawn Detector’ (a car-driver safety-monitor) developed by Zhengrong Yao and Haibo Li of the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics, Umeå University, Sweden. “We test our system publicly, 26 students from the Applied Physics and Electronic Engineering Department […]

fMRI and meaningless lower-face acts

Improbable can find but one formal scientific study which features investigations of fMRI monitored responses to meaningless lower-face acts (a.k.a. ‘gurns’). Experiments carried out in year 2000, under the protocols of the UK’s Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospital Research Ethics Committee, were designed to answer the question: ‘Can the cortical substrates for speechreading be distinguished […]

Identical twins’ failings at discriminating each other’s faces

Identical twins are no better than outsiders at recognizing photos of each other’s faces when the photographs are upside down, and sometimes when the photos are rightside-up, says this new study: “Is That Me or My Twin? Lack of Self-Face Recognition Advantage in Identical Twins,” Matteo Martini, Ilaria Bufalari, Maria Antonietta Stazi, Salvatore Maria Aglioti, […]

Terrier’s new door-in-the-face technique

Every once in a long while, someone devises a new door-in-the-face technique. It has happened again: “Door-in-the-Face: Is It Really Necessary That Both Requests Be Made by the Same Requester?” Lohyd Terrier [pictured here], Bénédicte Marfaing, and Marc-Olivier Boldi, Psychological Reports, Volume 113, 2013, pp. 675-682. The authrs, at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne and Université de […]

Guilt and expected guilt in the door-in-the-face technique

Read about guilt and expected guilt in the door-in-the-face technique, if that’s what you want to read: “Guilt and expected guilt in the door-in-the-face technique,” Daniel J. O’Keefe, & Marianne Figgé, Communication Monographs, 66 (4), 1999, 312-324. BONUS: The two co-authors have an earlier take on the topic: O’Keefe, D. J. & Figgé, M. (1997). “A guilt-based explanation […]