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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Faces

Click on this link to see an awesome collection of "faces" and keep your eyes open for faces around you. As a species, humans innately look for faces, mostly, I assume, as a means to determine if the face one is looking at is welcoming or threatening.

Babies fixate on faces from birth. This article from Parenting magazine explains:
When researchers showed newborns a picture of three dots arranged as a face (two dots for eyes and one dot for a mouth), the babies looked at it longer than they did when the dots were arranged in other ways. "Babies are hardwired to recognize faces, which helps them connect with their caregiver early on," says Michael Frank, a brain and cognitive sciences researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "They like to look at anything that resembles a face, even something as abstract as an electrical outlet."

We even have books about faces in our children's section!

Amazing Faces (poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins). [J 811.008 AMA]

Butterworth, Nick. Making Faces. [JP BUT]

Muehlenhardt, Amy Bailey. Drawing and Learning about Faces: Using Shapes and Lines. [J J 743.42 MUE]

Rotner, Shelley. Faces. [JP ROT]

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