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Michelle O (formerly Vanna)


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Michelle O (formerly Vanna)

We don't normally view people upside down and so our brains aren't accustomed to it. However, when a portrait of a person is upside down, but some of the features on the upside down face are right-side up, our brain doesn't register the problem...until you flip the picture over.

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Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
Under 5 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 18

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Three identical full-page (or at least fairly large) pictures of a familiar face (you can print out the image of Michelle Obama that we used, try printing head shots of celebrities from the Internet or find popular magazine covers suitable to your audience—pictures of a smiling person work exceptionally well; avoid photos with shadows around the mouth area)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick or other adhesive
  • Poster board or cardboard for backing

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Vision
      • Perception

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