Looking at abs from different perspectives

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    Sep 13, 2010 1:50 AM GMT
    Now, I normally don't look in the mirror that often. But recently, since I've started working out, I wanted to see if I'm making "progress," so I've been doing it more often. I wonder if anybody have noticed some things:

    1. Your abs look a lot better in the mirror, compared to when you look at your navel from above.
    2. Your arms look a lot smaller in the mirror, compared to when you look at them across your shoulders
    3. Chest looks about the same from whichever direction.

    I wonder if it's because, like faces, we're attuned to looking at them from one direction.
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    Sep 13, 2010 5:02 AM GMT
    I have to agree with u 100%. my arms look huge when i look down but skinny in the mirror. i have elephant thighs when i look down but are not too bad in the mirror.
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    Sep 13, 2010 5:10 AM GMT
    You are experiencing a perceptual illusion called foreshortening. More pronounced in 2D vision, less noticeable in 3D.

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    Now that I've shown you how your brain and reality work together you A) owe me for the remainder of the success in your life due to reasoning, and B) must visit an art museum and then enroll in a life drawing class.
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    Sep 13, 2010 12:13 PM GMT
    It's not just foreshortening...I'm saying that when I look from above, I have to really imagine my abs for me to see them (same lighting), whereas they are easily recognizable from the mirror. Is it because some part of the visual cortex is attuned to recognizing certain shapes like pecs, abs and faces, but only from a certain direction? (i.e. you can't recognize emotions from upside down faces)
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    Sep 13, 2010 12:19 PM GMT
    The foreshortening will be clearer when you have the same musculature as Mantegna's model in the drawing.
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    Sep 14, 2010 1:18 PM GMT
    TexDef07 saidThe foreshortening will be clearer when you have the same musculature as Mantegna's model in the drawing.


    LOL but I'm happy the mirror lies and makes my abs seem visible.