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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.

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


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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.