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Can You Spot Faces in These Everyday Objects?

Reader's Digest Logo By Claire Nowak,Sarah Madaus of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 19: Have you ever seen a dog in the clouds? What about a face in this wall in Italy? The reason these fun but odd occurrences happen is because of pareidolia. This psychological phenomenon can cause people to see specific, meaningful shapes in random or vague images. It’s also how psychologists draw conclusions from the controversial Rorschach inkblot tests. Studies suggest that people who are more religious or believe in the paranormal and those who are neurotic or have negative moods are more prone to experiencing pareidolia. Are you one of them?

Why we see human faces in inanimate objects

Have you ever seen a dog in the clouds? What about a face in this wall in Italy? The reason these fun but odd occurrences happen is because of pareidolia. This psychological phenomenon can cause people to see specific, meaningful shapes in random or vague images. It’s also how psychologists draw conclusions from the controversial Rorschach inkblot tests. Studies suggest that people who are more religious or believe in the paranormal and those who are neurotic or have negative moods are more prone to experiencing pareidolia. Are you one of them?
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