- Pareidolia describes seeing faces or patterns in random objects
- You may think you see a face in the clouds or a pattern on burned toast
- Those who experience Pareidolia are more likely to be female and religious
Siofra Brennan For Mailonline
If you’ve ever done a double take because you’re convinced there’s a face staring back at you from the clouds, you’ve experienced what’s known as pareidolia.
The psychological phenomenon describes seeing patterns in a random objects, often assigning human characteristics to them, such as spotting the face of Jesus on a slice of toast.
Now Lenstore.co.uk has created an interactive quiz that will tell you how likely you are to see faces in everyday objects compared with the rest of the public.
And if the test reveals that you’re more likely than most to observe faces where there are none, it could reveal key things about your personality.
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For instance, out of 2,000 people who have already taken the test those who are religious or spiritual spotted faces in more images than atheist or agnostic participants.
Women are also more likely to see faces than men with female participants spotting patterns in 66 per cent of photos, compared to 61 per cent for men.
The group that saw the least faces were those that don’t believe in ghosts, at just 58 per cent.
Meanwhile those who do hold supernatural beliefs were 10 per cent more likely to spot faces in the pictures.
What do you see? Is it simply a pepper sliced in half or a screaming mouth with tiny teeth?
If you spot a face in this door handle, then you’re more likely to hold religious beliefs
Those who spot a face in this car air con are more likely to believe in the supernatural
Can you see more than just a car? Women are more likely to recognise patterns in randrom objects than men
A new test reveals how you measure up to other people when it comes to spotting faces in objects such as this street sign
If you can see a face in the back of this house, then you’re experiencing the psychological phenomenon known as pareidolia