The perception of facial expression in the Thatcher illusion



This work is devoted to the study of the particulars of the perception of images of a normal face and of a Thatcher Illusion face with different orientations of the image and the degree of severity of expressions. It is shown that the change in the orientation of the image lead to significant changes in the content and structure of categorical field of basic expressions. The influence of transformations of face images, causing the illusion of Margaret Thatcher, on the perception of basic emotions is selective in its nature.

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Keywords: recognition of emotions, Thatcher Illusion, categorical field of expressions, T-patterns, perceptual system of facial expressions

Journal rubric: Psychology of Perception

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Barabanschikov V.A., Zhegallo A.V. The perception of facial expression in the Thatcher illusion. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2011. Vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 28–41. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Vladimir A. Barabanschikov, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Director, Institute of Experimental Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Dean of the Faculty of Psychology, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Alexander V. Zhegallo, PhD in Psychology, Senior Researcher at the Laboratory of Systems Research of the Psyche, Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Researcher at the Center for Experimental Psychology of MSUPE, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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