Part 3 - Pareidolia

Over the last couple of posts, I have introduced how much our brains are hard-wired to see and recognize human faces.  Now it is time to have some fun with our cognitive quirks.  Pareidolia is the phenomenon to perceive complex images in everyday objects, and the most common form is seeing human faces in all kinds of things. We see faces EVERYWHERE!  Here are some of my favorites from the internet:

Everyone remember the man on Mars?

Or what about this bashful face in the mountain?

Notice how when we look at these next ones that we not only see faces, but we naturally ascribe emotions.  This again points out how intimately our emotional centers are connected to facial recognition.

How can you NOT see this happy car face?

Or this over-worked and angry mop?

Click here to see 45 more found faces!

What are some of your found faces? Share your pictures with us on our Facebook page, and we'll pick the best picture to win a $50 Visa gift card. It has to be one you've taken; no internet searches allowed! 

Read Part 1, and Part 2 of our Psychology of Smiles series.