A hospital gown is a simple piece of equipment that allows you to place your clothes under your scalp, making them appear more human.
But what happens when it is worn under your head?
This is a question that has been raised by several people, including a young girl in New York City who asked: When you put on a gown, does it look human?
As a result, a new study by researchers from the New York University School of Medicine, Cornell University, and University of California San Diego suggests that it could be possible to make people feel more human with a pair of face-covering face masks.
In the study, published in the journal Current Biology, researchers took photographs of 20 participants wearing a variety of headgear: a surgical mask that covered the face and scalp, a mask made from plastic foam that covered both the face, and a mask that did not cover the scalp at all.
Participants also wore a mask with a device that allowed them to move their head to look around the room.
To make sure that the mask looked realistic, the researchers also wore masks that did just that.
When they asked participants to perform a task to identify which face-mask was worn by their partner, the mask with the device enabled participants to identify the face mask they wore more accurately.
They also could tell whether the mask they were wearing was actually part of a face mask that was worn on their head.
The researchers found that participants who wore a surgical face mask were more likely to identify a mask they had worn as their partner than one they had not.
The masks also made people feel closer to their partner when they were looking at the faces of their partners.
The study authors also found that mask use was associated with increased empathy.
When participants were shown a face that had been digitally manipulated, they tended to look more closely at the face to see if the mask was really covering the face.
For instance, they were more willing to touch the face when the face was covered.
The results of this study may be important for doctors, who might want to give a patient a face-covered mask to make sure it is not wearing a mask, or a face cover that does not cover any part of the face at all, like a mask worn by a stranger.
For a more complete explanation of how facial masks work, read the article about the study.
For more information about the face-wearing devices, visit the following links: New York, University of Pennsylvania, University at Buffalo, Cornell, University College London, and Johns Hopkins University.
Source New Scientist