Avatar magically changing its expression

@missak (3311)
Spain
April 23, 2007 8:03pm CST
Have you ever felt like the avatar of a mylotter changes its expression according to the posts below? For example, when people post something sad, their avatar looks sad, and when they post something happy, the avatar looks happy. Anyone else feel this way? I thin it is some kind of psicologycal effect like the one demonstrated by the Kuleshov Experiment ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuleshov_Effect )
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@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
30 Jun 07
You know, I hadn't noticed that! I suppose I don't pay that much attention to avatars really, unless they are of something that's really interesting or neat. Still, now that you've mentioned it I'm sure I'll start noticing it too! That's some really interesting information that you posted. I hadn't ever heard of this experiment, but now I'm curious about it! Thanks for giving me something interesting to read. Of course my avatar already has multiple expressions anyway!
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
1 Jul 07
I am glad you liked my post. This experiment is one of the first classes of TV/Cinema I took. It is very useful in general, you can place a context to help the expresion of the character have a complete meaning for the spectator. A more modern example is the mask in "V for Vendetta". It is always a static laughing mask, but you find yourself seeing anger, proudness, afliction or even love in the expression of the character. It is amazing, your avatar is one of the best examples for myself. I have seen it in movement a few times, but usually (like now) it stays static in the first frame, I don't know why. And I have found myself seeing that first frame anger, sorrow, wisdom, doubt, love... depending on the wonderful things youpost!
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@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
1 Jul 07
Now I have to watch "V for Vendetta". =p It's interesting that you see that in my avatar! Thanks so much for sharing. I suppose in that first picture I have seen more than one expression myself, depending upon my own mood, now that you mention it!
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
1 Jul 07
;)
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@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
14 Jun 07
yes, it does. i have noticed it always, may be i am imaginative but its a fact. i have experimented this with images and painting also. i know, its all in our mind, psychological perception of things which kind of gets affected by our own perceptions. the same portrait could appear happier to me and sadder to someone else. i have even see that if i want to see a happy face it gets happy and the next moment when i try to make it sad, it does look sad!!
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
14 Jun 07
At last someone understood my post! Thanks a lot. I think it is not just that we are imaginative, it happens to everybody, but they don't realize maybe...
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
30 Jun 07
So the effect is one of someone projecting their feelings about something they see or feel onto someone or something else. As the article mentions, I only did a quick scan of it, seeing a bowl of soup when you are hungry might cause you to see hunger on someone elses face, etc. I think it might be hard to project much onto my avatar of an infinity symbol, but I guess some people could.
@Katagiri (426)
• Brazil
30 Jun 07
That's a good idea! I have an idea they can do easier as myLot feature. A mood selector. You can change the mood when you're posting something. That would be great!