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The results showed that postpartum women were better at recognizing faces in random objects than others.
Postpartum women are more likely than pregnant women to report the “pareidolia illusion.” This is the conclusion reached by scientists from the University of Queensland.
The pareidolia facial illusion is the vision of faces in everyday objects. This illusion is normal, but some people experience it more often than others.
According to Newsweek, 400 women took part in the study. They were divided into three groups: women who were expecting to give birth, women who had given birth in the last 12 months, and women who were neither pregnant nor postpartum. Experts explained that the human brain automatically looks for faces in everything. Facial pareidolia occurs when the brain applies the same cognitive functions to objects that it uses to recognize real human faces.
The results showed that postpartum women were better at recognizing faces in random objects than others. Scientists believe this suggests a connection between facial recognition and changes in hormone levels during pregnancy and after birth.
The co-author of the study, Dr. Jessica Tobert, from the University of Queensland’s School of Psychology, said the results were surprising. Experts believe this is due to increased levels of oxytocin. This hormone is associated with childbirth, breastfeeding, and other maternal behaviors and may lead to increased susceptibility to pareidolia.
“This is the first scientific evidence that susceptibility to pareidolia may vary at different stages of life. “This is a compelling sign that we need to better understand how hormones, including oxytocin, alter our ability to recognize faces and our social functions,” the scientists conclude.
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