There’s a reason classic cartoon villains like the Joker, Cruella De Vil and Dick Dastardly are all drawn with pointy chins and sinister V-shaped eyebrows. According to researchers from Warwick University, downward pointing triangles make us feel threatened the same way an angry human face does.
In other words, certain geometric shapes mimic negative emotions of people, in turn, making them synonymous with evil.
Co-author of the study, Dr. Elisabeth Blagrove explains in a press-release:
If we look at cartoon characters, the classic baddie will often be drawn with the evil eyebrows that come to a downward point in the middle. This could go some way to explain why we associate the downward pointing triangle with negative faces. These shapes correspond with our own facial features and we are unconsciously making that link.
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