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Your Age Can Be Determined By What You See In This 19th Century Picture.

This optical illusion is known as “My Wife And My Mother-In-Law”. But not everyone is seeing the same when it comes to this optical illusions, you will see different things depending on your age.

When you first look at this drawing, you’ll either see a young lady or an elderly woman. They are both made the same way yet they are different. The young lady’s necklace is basically the mouth of the elderly woman and so forth. Take a gander at the picture, which one do you see first?

According to this study, most of 700 people saw the young lady before the old woman. That proves that age bias is a real thing and it’s what makes things clear. Optical illusions are interesting but the ones who are broken down are more enchanting.

The abstract for the study mentioned above goes as follows:

Although the perception of faces depends on low-level neuronal processes, it is also affected by high-level social processes. Faces from a social in-group, such as people of a similar age, receive more in-depth processing and are processed holistically. To explore whether own-age biases affect subconscious face perception, we presented participants with the young/old lady ambiguous figure. Mechanical Turk was used to sampling participants of varying ages from the USA. Results demonstrated that younger and older participants estimated the age of the image as younger and older, respectively. This own-age effect ties in with socio-cultural practices, which are less inclusive towards the elderly. Participants were not aware the study was related to aging and the stimulus was shown briefly. The results, therefore, demonstrate that high-level social group processes have a subconscious effect on the early stages of face processing. A neural feedback model is used to explain this interaction.

What do you think about these findings? I for one think they really say a lot more than most would assume.

So what’s your opinion about these findings? In my opinion, they mean a lot more than most people would assume.


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