View Full Version : Car lovers recognize vehicles as faces

03-16-2003, 11:48 AM
Here's a dandy that popped into my e-mail recently:

Men who are fanatical about cars identify vehicles using the same
brain circuitry used to recognise faces, new research shows.

Forty men, half of whom were proven automobile aficionados, were
fitted with sensors to monitor electrophysiological activity in part
of the brain linked with facial identification. They were then asked
to identify faces and cars, individually and then together.

Full details at: http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?
id=ns99993479 (just go to the url, and paste in the id# for the article to read it)

Newscientist dot com if yahoo cut the tag above.

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03-17-2003, 04:37 AM
I had read, a long time ago, that in judging faces, people are attracted first to the symmetry of the face. It is interesting, then to consider just how few cars are assymetrical in design.
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Webb Sledge
03-24-2003, 09:54 PM
HEY! I DO THAT! I'VE EVEN NAMED OUR FAMILY CARS CLINT AND KARL!! I think if I get a TR4 I might name it Clarabell or Herman.