But why are imaginary faces often seen as masculine?

There may be an explanation why most people see a man, rather than a girl, in the moon. When we are faced with everyday objects, we often tend to see imaginary faces. These figures would be likely to be considered masculine rather than feminine. Note that these facts were reported by the National Academy of Sciences.

More than 3,800 American adults recruited online participated in experiments to try to study the question. Participants, men and women, looked at about 250 photos of illusory faces in objects ranging from potatoes to suitcases. Each of them has been labeled as masculine, feminine or neutral.

The test results revealed that 80% of the participants labeled more thanmale pictures than feminine. In fact, only 3% felt that there were more women than men. The remaining 17% made fairly balanced choices regarding their labels.

A dead end for artificial intelligence?

In the following experiments, the researchers presented the images of the same types of objects without an illusory face. This time, the participants did not show the same bias as seen previously. This observation therefore made it possible to know that the participants do not consider the underlying objects as masculine or feminine.

Computer models have been used to study the pictures of illusory faces. The goal was to find through the images of male or female stereotypes such as more angular or more curved features. The software also could not give an explanation for the bias.

This sexist prejudice would manifest itself from childhood

According to a new study, Americans tend to see a man in basic patterns of a face. It seems that this gender bias begins to manifest from the age of five. Also, note that everyday objects or clouds in the sky may exhibit patterns resembling faces.

“We are more likely to see the most basic pattern of a face as male, and it takes additional features to see it as female. »

Susan Wardle, cognitive neuroscientist at the National Institutes of Health at Bethesda


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