Knox Research “Creeps” Into the News

n-2017-08-03-creepiness-inverseFrom: Inverse

Research at Knox College explains why the statue of Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback, at Boston’s Dreamland Wax Museum looks downright creepy, reported by Inverse:

…According to researchers from Knox College in Illinois, human faces with ambiguous expressions can elicit the same feelings [of creepiness] because our brains are hardwired to identify whether things are hostile or friendly…

In their study, published in the journal New Ideas in Psychology in 2016, they surveyed people about the various scenarios that creeped them out. The participants reported being creeped out by people and situations in which they couldn’t figure out the level of threat… That ambiguity, the researchers argued, is what makes people feel uneasy. They believed that the human “creepiness detector” is activated when a potential threat is considered unpredictable… Read more…