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Friday, 20th January 2023

Kaelen does St. Mary’s proud at Young Scientist Exhibition

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Kaelen Nulty from Mary's Diocesan School, Drogheda and his project 'Which is more Attractive: Composite faces or Real Faces?' at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2023 in the RDS Dublin.

Congratulations are due to Kaelen Nulty from Mary's Diocesan School, Drogheda who did himself, his school and science teacher Sophie Caine proud at the recent BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2023 in the RDS Dublin.

With his project Kaelen set out to investigate whether a composite face is more attractive than a real face.

A composite face is made up of images of several faces merged together and averaged out to remove any non-symmetrical features.

The composite face averages the input faces, so that small, non-symmetrical features tend to get lost.

Kaelen asked a group of volunteers to rate real faces and then the composite faces that they made, he also looked at the symmetry of both sets of faces and compared these to the golden ratio.

Overall, he found that people preferred the composite faces which were also more symmetrical.

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