Friday, June 19, 2020

Blog Post #2 - Seeing (Chapter 8)

Chapter 8 discusses the phenomenon, the uncanny valley effect, that describes how we react to seeing humanoid forms that posses nearly human characteristics, like robots or animated characters. I thought this was really interesting because humans can perceive robots, animated characters, and even stuffed animals as familiar and acceptable due to a few human characteristics these non-human objects may possess. The acceptance of the object falls into a "valley" where its appearance seems "uncanny". Once it lies in the valley we react to the appearance and discover that it is just human enough to notice that some human characteristics are not there.

The Uncanny Valley: animation, robots & humans - The Skinny
10 Creepy Examples of the Uncanny Valley - Stranger DimensionsUncanny Valley - TV Tropes


  1. Nice post! I think you did a great job discussing the major points in chapter eight about sight. I found this chapter to be very interesting when reading about the uncanny valley effect. Truly, growing up I never thought twice about one of my favorite movies known as the Polar Express. When reading this chapter, it went to more detail on how others perceive animated characters that may come off inhuman like making viewers uncomfortable.

  2. I found chapter 8 really interesting. There are many movies where I never really noticed that some animation makes viewers uncomfortable because they do not look human enough. I did not go into the much detail while watching the movie. Great post!