Pareidolia Illusions or How our brain can trick us into seeing patterns where they don't exist:

We have had an interesting time drawing optical illusions discovering techniques which trick our brain into thinking that something we have drawn on a flat piece of paper is 3D.

Another way our brain tricks us is by seeing patterns where there aren't any. The brain sees patterns even when there aren’t any because it is constantly looking for patterns to

make sense of the world.

We have hundreds and thousands of patterns stored in our brain! One pattern humans see everywhere is the face-pattern. Reading face and expression patterns determines how humans behave.

Face-patterns are the brain's short-cuts to letting us know how to react every time we see a face - very useful! Face-patterns are so useful, we see them everywhere...

Seeing patterns when they don't exist is a type of illusion called Pareidolia.

Mrs Nyhof's Painting Workshop - Patterns in the Mind in Art

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INKBLOTS - A key to your hidden brain-patterns ...

Looking at inkblots is rather like staring at clouds. You see a meaningless shape which you brain tries to make sense of by organizing it into a picture-pattern.

These pictures can uncover your thought patterns. What do you see in the inkblots below? Do you see the same brain-pattern as the brain-pattern your friend sees?

Remember these brain-patterns are illusions - they aren't really there!

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Making your own inkblot illusions:

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1. Materials: white paper, folded in half, black paint,
a small jar of water, a paint brush and a felt pen.
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2. Flick a few blobs of paint with your brush and

drag a few lines....

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3. Scatter a few drops of water....

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4. Fold over the paper and gently smooth the

surface with your fingers...

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5. Open out to view your inkblot and feed your

imagination.

The Nothing in a Mouse

Try drawing in the picture suggested to you by your inkblot. Sometimes it is the blank space (the nothing) that triggers the pattern in your mind...

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Gallery of Inkbots