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Artists look differently | October 2, 2008

Psychological studies show that artists actually look at the world differently than non-artists. These pictures represent the eye motions of  of one trained artists and one average joe when looking at a photograph.

The human brain is loaded with cognitive biases, distortion in the way we perceive reality. Anchoring, aka focalism, is the common human tendency to rely too heavily on key traits, objects or pieces of information. This is why we usually exaggerate key features of the face, like the eyes or mouth. Or focus too heavily on objects in the foreground and gloss over the background. Artists are trained to see the whole picture, and draw the world as it truly appears. Artists see more honestly.

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