Pattern recognition enhancement
Pattern recognition enhancement is an increase in a person's ability and tendency to recognise 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. Common examples of this include spotting faces in everyday objects, such as the front of a car, or seeing different objects in clouds.
During this effect, pareidolia can be significantly more pronounced than it would usually be during a sober state. 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. It is most commonly induced under the influence of mild dosages of psychedelic compounds, such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline.
Eye of the tower by Davide Lombardi554 × 366
Skullflower by Anonymous610 × 407
Face within a cloud by Denis Farmer620 × 407
Face in a cloud by Neil Usher710 × 473
Optical illusion by Oleg Shuplyak450 × 470
Absents of the mermaid by Octavio Ocampo550 × 409
Optical illusion by Oleg Shuplyak331 × 420
Face within tree bark by Bev Doolittle816 × 1,040
Smile in tree bark by Chelsea Morgan2,176 × 3,872
Squinting eyes on a roof top by Anonymous450 × 338
The Forest Has Eyes by Bev Doolittle1,400 × 710
Compounds within our psychoactive substance index which may cause this effect include:
Anecdotal reports which describe this effect within our experience index include:
- Experience: 15mg 2C-B (oral) - A pleasant low-dose evening with Nexus
- Experience: 200µg 1P-LSD (sublingual) + 12mg CBD - The Vortex of Empathy
- Experience: 22mg 2C-B (oral) / 100ug 1P-LSD (sublingual) - My first time tripping alone (2 days in a row)
- Experience: 80mg EPT - Slight improvement
- Experience:0.75g MDMA - Possibly some MDA through metabolisation?
- Experience:1000 Morning Glory seeds - Rediscovering the Self
- Experience:120µg LSD - First Bad Acid Trip, Psychosis
- Experience:150mg MDMA + 20mg 2C-B - I designed it this way myself
- Experience:20mg (insufflated) - permanent all-encompassing states of unity and interconnectedness
- Experience:20mg - I looked up and saw an angry god-like figure made of clouds glaring down at me
- Experience:250 seeds - Harsh body load
- Experience:25mg - A labyrinth of organs and a storybook walk
- Experience:2C-P (approx. 35mg) - Asymmetrical Terror and the Geometric Sea
- Experience:2mg 25C-NBOMe - Experimental trip to test personal limits of NBOMes
- Experience:3 Grams of Mushrooms - Reset on my Life, Experiencing Satori and the Cosmic Perspective
- Experience:3.5g psilocybe cubensis - Relinquishing of Material Chains/Fear and Desolation
- Experience:300µg LSD - Togetherness and the Silent Dusk
- Experience:4.5g - The Grand Introduction to Beauty and Fear
- Experience:40mg - Brothermind and the Forest's Hand
- Experience:5g Mushrooms - Failed attempt at a Terence Mckenna style trip.
- Experience:BK-2C-B - Various experiences
- Experience:Mushrooms and Snuff Films -- Trip Report (3.5 grams)
- 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
- Responsible use
- Subjective effects index
- Pattern recognition suppression
- Psychedelics - Subjective effects
- Dissociatives - Subjective effects
- Deliriants - Subjective effects
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- 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.
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