Pattern recognition enhancement

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Face in a cloud by Neil Usher - This image serves as an example of pattern recognition enhancement.

Pattern recognition enhancement is defined as an increase in a person's ability and tendency to recognize patterns (usually faces) within vague stimuli.

This innate ability which human beings possess in everyday life is referred to by the scientific literature as pareidolia and is a well documented phenomenon.[1][2][3] Common examples of this include spotting faces in everyday objects, such as the front of a car, or seeing different objects in clouds.[4]

During this effect, pareidolia can be significantly more pronounced than it would usually be during a sober state.[5] For example, remarkably detailed images may appear embedded in scenery, everyday objects may look like faces, and clouds may appear as fantastical objects, all without any visual alterations taking place. Once an image has been perceived within an object or landscape, the mind may further exaggerate this recognition through the hallucinatory effect known as transformations, which goes beyond pareidolia and becomes a standard visual hallucination.

Pattern recognition enhancement is often accompanied by other coinciding effects such as acuity enhancement and colour enhancement.[6][7] It is most commonly induced under the influence of mild dosages of psychedelic compounds, such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline.

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Experience: 15mg 2C-B (oral) - A pleasant low-dose evening with Nexus
AL-LAD
4-HO-DET
Psilocin
Experience:2mg 25C-NBOMe - Experimental trip to test personal limits of NBOMes
25N-NBOMe
Efavirenz
3C-E
Experience:4.5g - The Grand Introduction to Beauty and Fear
1B-LSD
2C-T-2
2C-T-7
Squinting rooftop.jpgSquinting eyes on a roof top by Anonymous
Psilocybin mushrooms
4-HO-DPT
PRO-LAD
Smiley face.jpgSmile in tree bark by Chelsea Morgan
5-MeO-DiPT
MiPLA
Escaline
1P-LSD
Faceincloud.jpgFace in a cloud by Neil Usher
4-AcO-MET
Allylescaline
2C-B-FLY
5-MeO-DALT
Experience:3 Grams of Mushrooms - Reset on my Life, Experiencing Satori and the Cosmic Perspective
Experience:Unknown dosage / 3 tabs - Ego death and a total break through in the snow
2C-C
LSD
Bromo-DragonFLY
Experience:40mg - Brothermind and the Forest's Hand
4-FA
MDA
2C-P
4-HO-MET
DOC
25I-NBOMe
4-HO-EPT
2C-B
MiPT
1P-ETH-LAD
Proscaline
Skullflower.jpgSkullflower by Anonymous
Experience: 200µg 1P-LSD (sublingual) + 12mg CBD - The Vortex of Empathy
MDMA
Experience:3.5g psilocybe cubensis - Relinquishing of Material Chains/Fear and Desolation
ALD-52
4-AcO-DMT
Experience: 80mg EPT - Slight improvement
Shuplyak faces 10.jpgOptical illusion by Oleg Shuplyak
Ibogaine
TMA-2
4-AcO-DET
Experience:2C-P (approx. 35mg) - Asymmetrical Terror and the Geometric Sea
Experience:250 seeds - Harsh body load
Mescaline
6-APDB
LSM-775
2C-T-21
2C-D
Experience:BK-2C-B - Various experiences
Eye.jpgEye of the tower by Davide Lombardi
TMA-6
Experience:300µg LSD - Togetherness and the Silent Dusk
Methallylescaline
Experience:5g Mushrooms - Failed attempt at a Terence Mckenna style trip.
ETH-LAD
EPT
Experience:~150mg MDA(oral) - a case of mistaken identity
Experience:150mg MDMA + 20mg 2C-B - I designed it this way myself
PARGY-LAD
25I-NBOH
Experience:25mg - A labyrinth of organs and a storybook walk
4-HO-MPT
25B-NBOMe
MET
Experience:20mg 4-HO-DET, Triping for my birthday
The Forest Has Eyes.jpgThe Forest Has Eyes by Bev Doolittle
5-MeO-MiPT
Face within tree bark.jpgFace within tree bark by Bev Doolittle
2C-I
6-APB
MDEA
Experience:0.75g MDMA - Possibly some MDA through metabolisation?
5-MeO-DiBF
Experience:1000 Morning Glory seeds - Rediscovering the Self
DOI
Experience: 22mg 2C-B (oral) / 100ug 1P-LSD (sublingual) - My first time tripping alone (2 days in a row)
Experience:20mg (insufflated) - permanent all-encompassing states of unity and interconnectedness
Storm-face.jpgFace within a cloud by Denis Farmer
Absents of the mermaid.jpgAbsents of the mermaid by Octavio Ocampo
3-MMC
Ayahuasca
2C-E
Harmala alkaloid
25D-NBOMe
Βk-2C-B
DPT
DET
25C-NBOMe
Opticalillusion1.jpgOptical illusion by Oleg Shuplyak
4-AcO-MiPT
DMT
4-HO-MiPT
25C-NBOH
DOB
25B-NBOH
Experience:Mushrooms and Snuff Films -- Trip Report (3.5 grams)
Experience:120µg LSD - First Bad Acid Trip, Psychosis
LSZ
DOM
Experience:Unknown dosage / 1 tab DOC - Psychedelia Turned Into Stimulant Psychosis
LSA
MPT
ΑMT
Experience:20mg - I looked up and saw an angry god-like figure made of clouds glaring down at me
4-HO-DiPT


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References

  1. Liu, Jiangang; Li, Jun; Feng, Lu; Li, Ling; Tian, Jie; Lee, Kang (2014). "Seeing Jesus in toast: Neural and behavioral correlates of face pareidolia". Cortex. 53: 60–77. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2014.01.013. ISSN 0010-9452. 
  2. Hadjikhani, Nouchine; Kato, Masaharu; Mugitani, Ryoko (2015). "Pareidolia in Infants". PLOS ONE. 10 (2): e0118539. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118539. ISSN 1932-6203. 
  3. Coolidge, F. L., & Coolidge, M. L. (2016, August 09). Why People See Faces When There Are None: Pareidolia. Retrieved February 21, 2018, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-think-neandertal/201608/why-people-see-faces-when-there-are-none-pareidolia
  4. Abraham, Henry David (1983). "Visual Phenomenology of the LSD Flashback". Archives of General Psychiatry. 40 (8): 884. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1983.01790070074009. ISSN 0003-990X. 
  5. Halberstadt, Adam L. (2015). "Recent advances in the neuropsychopharmacology of serotonergic hallucinogens". Behavioural Brain Research. 277: 99–120. doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2014.07.016. ISSN 0166-4328. 
  6. Papoutsis, Ioannis; Nikolaou, Panagiota; Stefanidou, Maria; Spiliopoulou, Chara; Athanaselis, Sotiris (2014). "25B-NBOMe and its precursor 2C-B: modern trends and hidden dangers". Forensic Toxicology. 33 (1): 1–11. doi:10.1007/s11419-014-0242-9. ISSN 1860-8965. 
  7. Bersani, Francesco Saverio; Corazza, Ornella; Albano, Gabriella; Valeriani, Giuseppe; Santacroce, Rita; Bolzan Mariotti Posocco, Flaminia; Cinosi, Eduardo; Simonato, Pierluigi; Martinotti, Giovanni; Bersani, Giuseppe; Schifano, Fabrizio (2014). "25C-NBOMe: Preliminary Data on Pharmacology, Psychoactive Effects, and Toxicity of a New Potent and Dangerous Hallucinogenic Drug". BioMed Research International. 2014: 1–6. doi:10.1155/2014/734749. ISSN 2314-6133.