Sunday, June 23, 2024

When Almost Human Becomes Uncomfortable

 Have you ever seen a movie, video, or game where a character looked almost human, but there was just something about them that made you feel uneasy? This is known as the Uncanny Valley effect. This theory suggests that even though something can come off has human like, but not quite, the subtle differences creates an eerie feeling when looking upon it. 

Research on this subject suggests that the reasons to why we react so sharply to humanoid figures that appear off is mainly due to our evolutionary instinct to recognize potential threats. Our brains are capable of recognizing that something may be pretending to appear human, but is off by just a bit. The figure is not so wrong that it is clearly not human, nor is it so good that it is indistinguishable from humans, it is right on the line.

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