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


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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.