By now, you’ve heard of the flower child phenomenon: an imaginary child whose face appears in the flowery pictures of flowers, often in order to elicit a reaction from its parent.
The phenomenon is usually triggered by a parent looking at the flower with the child’s face on it, and then crying in an emotional response, a recent study found.
But it can also be triggered by other people’s faces in photos, said the study’s lead author, Katherine Smith, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.
In other words, the more faces the parent sees in a flower, the less likely the parent is to cry.
In a new study published online today in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, she and colleagues tested how easily a person could react to a face in a photograph of a flower.
The researchers, who included Smith, looked at how people reacted to faces in pictures of over 100,000 flowers from different cultural backgrounds and used those responses to create a set of “flower child” images.
The study’s participants were asked to identify the face of the person in a series of pictures.
In the photos, the face appeared with the flower on the side, in a different place than the parent’s face.
For example, if the parent and child had the same flower on their back, the person with the lower face was the person they were looking at.
Then, the participants had to identify a face from each of the 100,00 flower images.
After that, they had to decide which flower had the face they were most likely to see.
The participants were then asked to rate how often they would recognize a face that appeared with that face in the next photograph.
When the researchers compared the results of the participants who saw the faces in the first set of photos with the participants that saw the same faces in only one set of flowers that were different from each other, the researchers found that the participants were able to correctly identify faces in three of the four flower images more often than they were able the face from the same flowers in all of the others.
But they were also more likely to recognize the same face in more than one flower, suggesting that the more images were used, the higher the likelihood the participant was able to recognize it.
“People who were able recognize the face in all the flowers had more emotional responses than people who were not able to,” Smith said.
“We believe this is a result of the facial expression of the parent, the facial expressions of the other people, and the facial appearance of the child in the face.
If we could get people to think that these faces were part of the scene and not just part of a photograph, we would see a significant reduction in the emotional reactions to the face.”
In addition to the results, the study also found that people were more likely than other people to recognize faces in a picture of a baby, when the parent was also looking at it.
The results may have important implications for research on the human condition.
“It could be that the emotional response to the flower is a function of the way that people are socialized, or even how they view themselves,” Smith told The Washington Times.
“If people are raised to see themselves as having traits that make them more emotional, then it makes sense that the way in which the parents are raised could have a big impact on their ability to see those traits.”
For instance, Smith said, “In many cultures, parents are expected to be the primary caregivers of the young.
It is also common for parents to have more of a role in raising children, so it may be that when we see faces of the parents we are more likely be able to identify them as the face that is most likely the child who is crying in the photo.”
The researchers are now studying whether the effect of the face on the child would be different if it were a real child, rather than an image of one, or if it was an image that was actually present in the home.
They hope to continue to explore the idea that it may not be just the parents who are responsible for the emotional reaction.
“I think this is an interesting idea and I am interested in exploring it further,” Smith added.
“But I am also interested in whether it might have any clinical implications.”
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