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The bewitching smile

The bewitching smile

In 2000, scientists at Harvard University suggested a neurological explanation for Mona Lisa’s elusive smile. 

When a viewer looks at her eyes, the mouth is in peripheral vision, which sees in black and white. This accentuates the shadows at the corners of her mouth, making the smile seem broader. 

But the smile diminishes when you look straight at it. It is the variability of her smile, the fact that it changes when you look away from it, that makes her seem so alive, so mysterious.

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