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1903: The Phantom Ship

Frank Wilbert Stokes: The Phantom Ship, Atlantic Ocean (ca. 1903)

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1869: Mount Tamalpais

William Marple: Mount Tamalpais from Napa Slough (1869) The name “Tamalpais” derives from the Coast Miwok name for the mountain, támal pájiṣ, which means “west hill.” The Coast Miwok numbered between 1,500 and 2,000 before the arrival of Europeans to … Continue reading

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2014: Is This Face Alive?

Using sets of morphed images created from animate (human) and inanimate (doll) faces, we found converging evidence across two studies showing that the motivation to connect with other people systematically alters the interpretation of the physical features that signal that … Continue reading

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1861: Storm

Martin Johnson Heade: Approaching Storm: Beach near Newport (c 1861–62)

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2018: Is This the Face of God?

In order to measure people’s visualizations of God’s face, we used a nascent technique known as “reverse correlation.” In reverse correlation, a face is repeatedly and randomly overlaid with visual noise to create many pairs of contrasting faces. Participants see … Continue reading

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2009: A Country Dentist

Participants were 40 Canadian-born psychology undergraduates (29 females and 11 males). They were randomly assigned to one of two experimental conditions. In the meaning-threat condition, participants read an absurd short story called ‘‘The Country Dentist.’’ The story is a modified … Continue reading

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1903: Ship of the Desert

This publicity image of the SS Kaiser Wilhelm II in front of the Great Pyramids of Egypt was painted in the Otto Bollhagen studios around the time of the ship’s completion in 1903.  During World War I, the ship was … Continue reading

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