Are you able to see faces in everyday objects? – Susan G. Wardle #facepareidolia

From fluffy clouds to dark shadows, if you always seem to see faces you aren’t alone. The phenomenon is called face pareidolia.

Because of evolutionary advantages the human brain can make out a face in 1/10 of a second where it takes 1/4 of a second to make out ordinary objects.

Fun quick vid from Ted-Ed:

Imagine opening a bag of chips, only to find Santa Claus looking back at you. Or turning a corner to see a building smiling at you. Humans see faces in all kinds of mundane objects, but these faces aren’t real— they’re illusions due to a phenomenon known as face pareidolia. So why exactly does this happen, and how far does this distortion go? Susan G. Wardle explores why we see illusory faces.


More tricks of the eye/brain from the Learning System:

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