Faces in Places

December 30, 2009

Why do we love recognising faces everywhere?

In part, it’s due to a phenomenon called “Pareidolia”

“psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon, and hearing hidden messages on records played in reverse.”

Researchers have discovered that a part of our brains – the Fusiform Face Area – makes sure anything that resembles a face hits us before anything else.

Visit the Flickr group Faces in Places.

happy snowy recycling bins

happy christmas!

Sonríe

on and off surprise

Pipeskull

faces

Hidden Robot

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