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Ed Jewett
07-27-2011, 09:06 PM
The uncanny valley is a theory that attempts to explain the feeling of uneasiness or creepiness we’ve all experienced when we see a video game, movie, or robot that looks extremely human.

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“The brain doesn’t seem tuned to care about either biological appearance or biological motion per se,” said Saygin, an assistant professor of cognitive science at UC San Diego. “What it seems to be doing is looking for its expectations to be met — for appearance and motion to be congruent.”

Read the full article here:
http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/scientists-think-theyve-figured-out-the-uncanny-valley-why-humanoid-robots-creep-us-out/

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