Advanced Morphing & Warping
for Creating Stunning Images & Videos
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As part of their studies and experiments on social and affective neuroscience, Yale University's Child Study Center prepared a tutorial for face morphing: Face Morphing Tutorial: From Models to Morphs (April 2008).
Authors Listing: Christopher A. Bailey, Joshua Pendl, Adriane Levin, Seth Olsen, Eric Langlois, Michael J. Crowley, Linda C. Mayes.More information can be found at Yale Child Study Center website.
By morph we mean, “to undergo transformation from an image of one object into that of another especially by means of computer-generated animation” (Merriam-Webster, online). This tutorial is designed to guide you in the morphing of human faces. Why bother morphing human faces? We do this mainly for research purposes. Our main interests lie in studying how people, children and adults, read emotion. We want to know how the capacity for reading emotion in the faces of others might impact socialization processes. We believe that most of us probably come to know the minds of others, in part, by reading the emotions of others. Some people are particularly good at reading emotions, some are about average and others struggle with reading emotions.
With the Morph Age software, we can gradually modify the image of a person’s neutral face into an emotionally expressive face. Then we can use the still images, or the video rendered from this process, to study emotion reading ability. We can ask people to tell us what emotion they are seeing and how confident they are. We want to know who reads emotion more quickly and how. Some individuals have a heightened sensitivity for specific emotions.