The Mona Lisa effect: How eyespots deter predators that approach from different directions

Chicks are intimidated by eyespots that appear to gaze at them, providing an explanation for why eyespots are often symmetrical. In a new study, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology and the University of Newcastle show that the configuration of eyespots have an impact on the prey’s survival.The most effective deterrent are concentric circles that subjectively appear to maintain eye contact regardless of the perspective from which they are approached

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