Why do some people believe in Jesus Christ or the Virgin toast in a cheese sandwich? The reason is more normal than you think.
Chances are, except those claims were uncritically taken as a religious figure “has appeared” on a piece of toasted bread, many of you will enter the giggles every time we hear of such a thing. But you should not Laugh much, not because not be an occurrence of the most hilarious, but because all see faces and other objects in places where, really, they are not . Although those who have convinced themselves that their particular divine being has done such an amazing miracle happens something extra. Let me explain why.
The psychology of deception
In April 2012, employees in the cafeteria of Professor Juan Bosch Trauma Hospital of La Vega (Dominican Republic) took href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=37&v=oUMjakIhdaQ” a tremendous surprise to discover toast the supposed face of Jesus Christ. In 1994, an American named Diana Duyser href=”http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/4034787.stm” believed discover the face of his mother (the toast), the Virgin in a cheese sandwich, which decided to retain in cotton and auctioned a decade later, with the result that a casino paid $ 28,000 for it. Both cases are no different from what happens when any of us lies down in the open and looking shapes in the clouds carried by the wind: and the face of Christ was in the Dominican toast, or the Virgin in the sandwich lady Duyser nor is there anything that we see in the clouds .
This phenomenon is known as Pareidolia , and is, as you have already guessed, in an optical illusion by which we perceive a stimulus, visual in this case, vague or senseless as something concrete, as a recognizable form. This phenomenon is used in the test of Rorschach, and to explain have proposed several hypotheses that are not contradictory to each other.
Christopher French , a psychologist at the University of London and member of the British Psychological Society, suggests that it may be an evolutionary advantage because, put simply, is more likely that our ancestors would survive if, seeing a yellow spot in the brush, put land in between if it were a tiger. Meanwhile, href=”http://nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/nouchinelab/research.html” Nouchine Hadjkhani , doctor of the Harvard University, says that “a baby just a few minutes of life will turn his attention to something that has the general features of a face rather than to anything else that may have the same elements but in a random order”, ie, that humans are born “with pre-wired cables” . In addition, href=”http://nuin.northwestern.edu/members-2/j-voss/” Joel Voss , the US neuroscientist Northwestern University, thinks the pareidolia is a consequence of the way our brain processes information , then steadily constantly examine what we have around to make sense and understand, even what in Actually, do not.
But what happens to certain people recognize anywhere, for example, the faces of the divine beings who believe? Neuroscience Sophie Scott , from University College London, suggests that our culture determines our expectations and beliefs and influences what we perceive . That is, if employees were Dominicans, however, Saudis, probablemene had seen on that toast the face of Muhammad and not to Jesus Christ. Or href=”https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cara_de_Marte” alien face in the Cydonia region of Mars if one is ufologist. Or href=”http://www.reddit.com/r/mildlyinteresting/comments/3bz6br/” Ernesto Guevara a jar of pickles if Che is an icon own culture.
But also exists hearing Pareidolia . The same Christopher French, in October 2004, put his audience in Venice a fragment of Stairway to heaven , Led Zeppelin, played backwards, and asked the crowd if they had heard the word ‘ Satan ‘. Several raised their hands quickly, and after the second play, almost everyone says she has heard. Of course, neither guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant and included it in composing the song. Perhaps you you are mindful of what is told that there was a reader of El Heraldo de Chihuahua he saw in the worldwide success of Las Ketchup, Aserejé , satanic messages, and that in truth led to several religious schools of Honduras to forbid their students to hear. And I myself remember games such Pareidolia in songs like One , U2, and “I bring pasta”, or Hold on Tight , Electric Light Orchestra, and “in your garden no tomatoes”.
Also, since the experimental psychologist says Bruce Hood , University of Bristol, once you have found a visual or hearing something nonexistent pattern, it is impossible not to see him willingly . And if so, no one who has done business with it so they do not suffer: Galen Dively , a trader in Vermont (USA), has produced a toaster which the bread slices always go with the image of Jesus Christ. So, you get used to her and the anguish and fascination of the impact is lost. Luckily there are people who think about making life easier for others.
July 4, 2015
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