Pareidolia images



Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon, and Jesus or Maria on a toast.


The word comes from the Greek words para (“beside, alongside, instead”) in this context meaning something faulty, wrong, instead of; and the noun eidolon (“image, form, shape”) the diminutive of eidos. Pareidolia is a type of apophenia, seeing patterns in random data.

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4 Responses to Pareidolia images

  1. Weird. I had never heard this word before I did the post “focus” and here’s the word again. Synchronicity!

    • diplopi says:

      Hehe, must be synchronicity (the experience of two or more events as meaningfully related, whereas they are unlikely to be causally related)!
      I’m doing some research on how people perceive non-human images as faces, with the hormone Oxytocin (or placebo) in their bloodstream, and even though its pretty nerdy I find it interesting 🙂

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