Symmetrical texture repetition

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Grass by Chelsea Morgan - This image serves as accurate portrayal of the commonly experienced psychedelic effect known as Symmetrical texture repetition.

Symmetrical texture repetition is defined as the perception of textures becoming mirrored repeatedly over their own surface in an intricate and symmetrical fashion that is consistent across itself. This maintains the same level of detail no matter how closely one attempts to look at the distortion and tends to remain most prominent within one's peripheral vision. It usually manifests itself in rough textures such as grass, carpets, tree bark, and asphalt.

During this state, if one stares at a fixed point the symmetrical texture repetition may progressively increase and further tesselate into more complex forms. However, this progression of complexity will usually reset back to baseline as soon as one double takes.

Symmetrical texture repetition is often accompanied by other coinciding effects such as pattern recognition enhancement[1][2] and transformations in a manner which can result in the appearance of a huge array of abstract forms and imagery embedded within the symmetry. It is most commonly induced under the influence of mild dosages of psychedelic compounds, such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline. However, it can also occur less commonly under the influence of certain stimulants and dissociatives, such as MDMA or 3-MeO-PCP.

Analysis

This animation serves as a demonstration of how symmetrical texture repetition can be accurately reproduced by simply symmetrically mirroring rough textures across themselves.

It is worth noting that to accurately replicate the appearance of this effect through the use of image editing software, all one needs to do is simply mirror a texture across itself in a symmetrical manner. This may suggest that a similar process is occurring within the brain, perhaps by filling in missing details by taking visual data from within one's central line of sight and mirroring it across the peripheral in a manner which results in a symmetrical tessellation of the texture.

Image examples

 Caption
TMA-2
BOD
Leaves by Chelsea Morgan.jpgLeaves by Chelsea Morgan
Asphalt by Chelsea Morgan.jpgAsphalt by Chelsea Morgan
Gravel by Chelsea Morgan.jpgGravel by Chelsea Morgan
ALD-52
2C-D
150ug-ish outside by timedilation.jpg150ug-ish outside by timedilation
Experience:150mg MDMA + 20mg 2C-B - I designed it this way myself
Ibogaine
6-APDB
5-MeO-MiPT
Experience:40mg - Brothermind and the Forest's Hand
MDMA
ETH-LAD
3C-E
LSM-775
4-HO-EPT
MPT
Experience:Unknown dosage / 3 tabs - Ego death and a total break through in the snow
DET
PARGY-LAD
Mirtazapine
Flower Bush by Chelsea Morgan.JPGFlower bush by Chelsea Morgan
MDEA
4-AcO-DET
Efavirenz
Grass on 2cb by inifinity.jpgGrass on 2C-B by Infinity
Experience:BK-2C-B - Various experiences
5-MeO-DiPT
LSD
3-MMC
EPT
2C-T-2
Stones by Chelsea Morgan.jpgStones by Chelsea Morgan
AL-LAD
Psilocybin mushrooms
25C-NBOMe
2C-B
2C-T-7
Experience:40 mg 4-HO-MPT - Underwhelming Experience
Allylescaline
25C-NBOH
Bathroom Rug by Chelsea Morgan.jpgBathroom Rug by Chelsea Morgan
4-HO-MET
25N-NBOMe
2C-B-FLY
Experience:5.3g psilocybe cubensis - Dimensional Circumstance and the Fabric of Understanding
Experience:1mg 25c-NBOMe - Experiment in my room
Paradise island by Xanny.jpgParadise island by Subsentience
25I-NBOMe
25D-NBOMe
Experience:20mg - I looked up and saw an angry god-like figure made of clouds glaring down at me
6-APB
Experience:75 mg - Good tunes feat. Jeb Bush
LSZ
4-HO-DiPT
2C-P
4-HO-MPT
1B-LSD
2C-T-21
TMA-6
MDA
Experience: 15mg 2C-B (oral) - A pleasant low-dose evening with Nexus
1P-ETH-LAD
Symmetry on treebark.jpgSymmetry on tree bark by Josikins
Ice by Chelsea Morgan.jpgIce by Chelsea Morgan
Psilocin
Bromo-DragonFLY
Grass by Chelsea Morgan.jpgGrass by Chelsea Morgan
DOB
4-AcO-DMT
MET
Proscaline
Experience:30mg 4-HO-MiPT - Positively groovy
4-AcO-MiPT
4-AcO-MET
25I-NBOH
2C-E
Ayahuasca
4-HO-DET
Experience: 80mg EPT - Slight improvement
Symmetrical carpet repetition by Xanny.jpegSymmetrical carpet repetition by Subsentience
4-HO-MiPT
Experience:3 Grams of Mushrooms - Reset on my Life, Experiencing Satori and the Cosmic Perspective
Escaline
Βk-2C-B
2C-I
Mescaline
1P-LSD
25B-NBOH
MiPLA
5-MeO-DALT
Experience:4.5g - The Grand Introduction to Beauty and Fear
PRO-LAD
Experience:100ug 1P-LSD - A Fear and loathing into Bliss
DPT
Methallylescaline
Experience:300µg LSD - Togetherness and the Silent Dusk
ΑMT
LSA
Symmetric pattern drifting.gifSymmetric drifting patterns by Anonymous
DOI
25B-NBOMe
DOC
4-HO-DPT
DMT


Psychoactive substances

Compounds within our psychoactive substance index which may cause this effect include:

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Experience reports

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References

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.