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

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


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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.