Friday, August 08, 2008

Perception of Faces: Pareidolia

I love posting about the phenomenon by which the brain interprets indistinct images as specific ones. It's called Pareidolia and here are some new images. Can you see faces here?








Definitely a face here, don'tcha think?











Another face. Kinda monkey-like.















What a happy metal face.








This baby toy is totally smiling.

22 comments:

Disillusioned said...

My daughters (16 and 13) regularly identify cars by their "faces" - even to the extent of the cars being happy / mean / angry whatever. It makes me smile every time - and I do see what they mean most of the time.

CrackerLilo said...

I see faces on cars, too. This kind of dovetails with my contention that machines have their own personalities. (And I'm well over 16.) I think really, design is a reflection of the designer, and of course a designer will get inspired by faces, feelings, etc.

Big Brother said...

We must be hardwired to see them I suppose, but as long as machines don't start sticking out their tongues at me I'm OK. ;o)

Carie said...

when I am at the phyisical therapists off ice laying there staring at the wall I always find "things" in the wall designs lol lots of faces, flowers lol things like that...or Ash and I laying in the hamock seeing faces and things in the clouds lol...

Teresa Lynne said...

I love these things, too. My neighbor literally put a tree face on his tree which makes it more creepy looking.

~Just Me~ said...

That is so cool. I see faces on some houses with the way windows are set.

catatonickid said...

Pareidolia: What a cool word!

Now, to figure out how to casually slip that into a conversation... *scratches head*

denise said...

I find faces in all kinds of things especially wal paper designs and wood paneling walls.
Thanks Deb this post was neat!

jumpinginpuddles said...

thankyou for all your support on our blog and in our life and we see teh faces

Kahless said...

Yep, they are all faces.

Ian Lidster said...

The classic in this was the old 'frog-eyed' Austin Healey Sprite, which had such a happy little Kermit face.

Merelyme said...

yep...there are faces everywhere. the amityville horror house comes to mind.

Dr Vegas said...
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Dr Vegas said...

Faces in clouds are cool too. I'm back and blogging, BTW. Glad you still are too!

Palmtreechick said...

My apartment overlooks this other apartment that looks like a face and it drives me insane. I might have to take a pic and post it.

Jen said...

My kids are autistic, so they see (or don't see) faces in the oddest things.

It's a bit odd when you've just placed their dinner plate in front of them, and all of a sudden one says "I can't eat it, it looks like a face". Considering that I can't see it, it's a bit disconcerting to say the least.

Face blindness is pretty common among autistic people- what I wasn't expecting was the ability to see faces in things that are definitely not faces.

Rose said...

I find faces on so many things....

jenji said...

Happy Metal Face looks like Twiki from Buck Rogers and Rosie from The Jetsons had a baby bot.

jenji

Anonymous said...

These faces are fun to see, Deb! Thanks for posting them :)

Donna

Clare said...

This is cool. I always see faces on things and also shapes of things in the clouds too :).
Hope all is well with you Deb.

Deb said...

So glad you all had fun.

Mezo said...

i didn't know this phenomena had a name! amazing:) i see them everywhere/ all the time...faces and figures of ppl/creatures!

thnx 4 the info