Associate Professor Zhigang Yang, of the College of Education of Hebei University, Baoding City, Hebei Province, China, presented a talk titled “Face Pareidolia: The Concept, Influencing Factors, and Possible Mechanisms” on March 6, 12:20–1:10 p.m., in Uhler Hall, Room 111.
This can (or already did) happen to you: You are staring at a building, a piece of equipment, or at a slice of bread on your breakfast plate, and you suddenly ask yourself “Is there a face looking back at me?”
In psychology, this experience is referred to as “face pareidolia,” a phenomenon known as finding/seeing faces in inanimate objects. When do we experience face pareidolia? What factors influence it? And, most importantly, how and why do people experience face pareidolia? Yang’s talk, based on his empirical findings, introduced this interesting optical illusion.
“Dr. Zhigang Yang's
presentation was original, informative, and delivered
with enthusiasm and genuine appreciation for the topic,” said IUP Psychology Professor Krys Kaniasty.