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MatC
342876.  Fri May 23, 2008 8:43 am Reply with quote

As Bob says, it’s interesting, because aren't we always being told that the act of smiling cheers you up - so that if you're depressed you should force yourself to smile, and the pretence becomes real?

 
eggshaped
345565.  Tue May 27, 2008 3:55 am Reply with quote

Here's a strange story (if true) of a man who wanted to draw the largest self-portrait in the world.

He sent a suitcase containing a GPS device, using DHL, and gave them exact directions to follow.

pic removed as it was stretching the page

My original skepticism turns out to be correct - this was a hoax


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Jenny
345801.  Tue May 27, 2008 8:41 am Reply with quote

MatC wrote:
As Bob says, it’s interesting, because aren't we always being told that the act of smiling cheers you up - so that if you're depressed you should force yourself to smile, and the pretence becomes real?


I'm reading Malcolm Gladwell's book The Tipping Point, and that has some interesting stuff that seems relevant to this.

He references a study in which students were told they were testing out headphones to see if the headphones were affected by head movements. They were asked to listen to songs by Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles and then to a radio editorial that argued for an increase in student tuition fees at their university from $587 to $750 while doing this. A third of the group were asked to keep their heads still as a control, a third to nod their heads up and down, and a third to shake their heads from side to side. Afterwards they were given a questionnaire that slipped in, among other questions to do with the headphones and the music, the question 'What do you feel would be an appropriate dollar amount for undergraduate tuition for a year?'

The average tuition fee guessed appropriate by students who kept their heads was $582, or more or less what they were paying. Those who shook their heads wanted tuition to fall to an average of $467, and those who nodded their heads wanted the tuition to rise to an average of $646.

 
eggshaped
349071.  Sat May 31, 2008 10:29 am Reply with quote

There is a prototype system in planes that may train cameras on each passenger
that can automatically detect terrorists or air-ragers by tracking their facial expressions.

more here

 
dr.bob
350319.  Mon Jun 02, 2008 4:39 am Reply with quote

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It looks for running in the cabin, standing near the cockpit for long periods of time, and other predetermined indicators that suggest a developing threat


"Predetermined indicators" like trying to set fire to your shoe, presumably.

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Other behaviours could include a person nervously touching their face, or sweating excessively.


Yeah, 'cos anyone acting nervously on a plane must be a terrorist, right?

The two things you need to remember about facial recognition software are:

1) It's always crap

and

2) It's always massively over-hyped by the people who make it.

As Mohan Trivedi points out at the end of that article, it's still got a long way to go.

 
Jenny
350522.  Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:43 am Reply with quote

Egg - did you get Aristotle's version of Alan? I'd like to read that.

 
eggshaped
350530.  Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:50 am Reply with quote

The notes for the physiognomy question are here this is all I wrote about Alan:

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The earliest-known systematic treatise on physiognomy is attributed to Aristotle. If he saw Alan, he might comment that curly hair signifies someone who is “dull of apprehension, soon angry, and given to lying and mischief.”, he may also point out that the distance between his eyebrows points to someone who is “hard-hearted, envious, close and cunning, and addicted to cruelty more than love,” but would notice that his thin, well-coloured lips pointed to someone “good humoured in all things, and more easily to be persuaded to good than evil.”


The question went well in the end, but at one stage it looked like the celebs were getting a bit pissed off with being insulted! I'm thinking of doing more for some other panellists for the annual - but maybe something more general would be better - like a "pysiognomy at home" feature, where you can amaze your friends by insulting their facial features....

 
eggshaped
356603.  Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:45 am Reply with quote

Blast. This may have been useful for Ronnie Ancona's show - especially as we had a Q about babies.

Swiss child psychologist Jean Piaget famously posited that infants could not imitate others until they were 8 to 12 months of age. However it was shown in 1977 that they do so at only a couple of weeks of age.

Not all that interesting, but it would have made a good note.

http://www.spring.org.uk/2008/05/infants-imitate-others-when-only-weeks.php

 
eggshaped
361621.  Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:44 am Reply with quote

When you make a scared face, you breathe in more air, see a wider field of view, and can visually track targets more quickly.

When you make a disgusted face, pinching your nose and squinting your eyes, you see and smell less.

http://www.livescience.com/health/080615-facial-expressions.html

 
eggshaped
396905.  Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:17 am Reply with quote

(For Canadian ice hockey players at least) people with rounder faces are more aggressive.

link

 

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