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Do you see a face? You're actually hallucinating - Susan G. Wardle


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Imagine opening a bag of chips, only to find Santa Claus looking back at you. Or turning a corner to see a building smiling at you. Humans see faces in all kinds of mundane objects, but these faces aren’t real— they're illusions due to a phenomenon known as face pareidolia. So why exactly does this happen, and how far does this distortion go? Susan G. Wardle explores why we see illusory faces.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Susan G. Wardle
  • Director Oksana Kurmaz
  • Narrator Alexandra Panzer
  • Sound Designer André Aires
  • Composer André Aires
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Produced by Abdallah Ewis, Anna Bechtol
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler

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