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.

Image examples

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


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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.