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Seeing Jesus in toast: Neural and behavioral correlates of face pareidolia

Jiangang Liu; Jun Li; Lu Feng; Ling Li; Jie Tian; Kang Lee;
  • Published: 31 Jan 2014
Abstract
Face pareidolia is the illusory perception of non-existent faces. The present study, for the first time, contrasted behavioral and neural responses of face pareidolia with those of letter pareidolia to explore face-specific behavioral and neural responses during illusory face processing. Participants were shown pure-noise images but were led to believe that 50% of them contained either faces or letters; they reported seeing faces or letters illusorily 34% and 38% of the time, respectively. The right fusiform face area (rFFA) showed a specific response when participants "saw" faces as opposed to letters in the pure-noise images. Behavioral responses during face p...
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free text keywords: Article, Experimental and Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology, Face perception, Developmental psychology, Prefrontal cortex, Visual cortex, medicine.anatomical_structure, medicine, Fusiform face area, Pareidolia, Psychology, Brain mapping, Cognitive psychology, Illusion, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Perception
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publication . Other literature type . Article . 2014

Seeing Jesus in toast: Neural and behavioral correlates of face pareidolia

Jiangang Liu; Jun Li; Lu Feng; Ling Li; Jie Tian; Kang Lee;