The tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or
ambiguous visual pattern The scientific explanation for some people is
pareidolia, or the human ability to see shapes or make pictures out of
Having Pareidolia is normal?
According to new research by the University of Sydney, our brains detect and
respond emotionally to these illusory faces the same way they do to real human
faces. Face pareidolia seeing faces in random objects or patterns of light and
shadow is an everyday phenomenon.
Pareidolia is a mental disorder?
Once considered exclusively a symptom of psychosis, pareidolia is now
recognized as part of the normal human experience. In particular, our brains
have evolved to detect faces quickly, which explains the human tendency to see
faces everywhere, including in inanimate objects like electrical outlets or
slices of toast.
Pareidolia a hallucination?
Pareidolia is a visual hallucination based on seeing recognizable patterns in objects and abstract installations a similar phenomenon is observed in auditory hallucinations. Most people have probably never heard of pareidolia, however nearly everyone has experienced it in some form