>The participants reported that apparition of new faces in the mirror caused sensations of otherness when the new face appeared to be that of another, unknown person or strange `other' looking at him/her from within or beyond the mirror. All fifty participants experienced some form of this dissociative identity effect, at least for some apparition of strange faces and often reported strong emotional responses in these instances. For example, some observers felt that the `other' watched them with an enigmatic expression—a situation that they found astonishing. Some participants saw a malign expression on the `other' face and became anxious. Other participants felt that the `other' was smiling or cheerful, and experienced positive emotions in response.The apparition of deceased parents or of archetypal portraits produced feelings of silent query. Apparition of monstrous beings produced fear or disturbance. Dynamic deformations of new faces (like pulsations or shrinking, smiling or grinding) produced an overall sense of inquietude for things out of control.
> Another aspect of the strange-face illusion is the potential breakdown of self-identity that may take place when gazing at a strange new face that has replaced one's own in the mirror for a relatively long time.
A spell to induce dissociation. Fun times :)
The original experiment had a 25W incandescent behind the viewer, such that it doesn’t reflect on the mirror; line detail is visible, but colour fades (i.e. vision system prob changed to rods). Replicating the experiment on candlelight seems tricky as it would take some 15 candles (C: try 13) to reach comparable lumens, though the the author says the details are not essential for reproducing the effect, so maybe doing it with just one (C: try 3) might be worth a try. Mirror distance was 40cm, I guess forearm’s length might be a rule of thumb. (R.)
@quengaral this is so cool!!! I’ve played with dissociative identity effect in mirrors before but I didn’t have words or terminology for it. Sometime in the next couple of days I’m going to try this spell out!