Why We See Faces Everywhere

Whether in a door-hook, electrical socket or elsewhere, seeing faces in objects and places is super-common—and it’s called pareidolia. This is a “psychological phenomenon that causes the human brain to lend significance—and facial features, in particular—to random patterns,” according to Artsy. Apparently the phenomenon happens because humans naturally prefer faces to other patterns. Of course, this extends from everyday life into the world of art, and it’s the subject of a new exhibition at Akron Museum of Art. Read more at Artsy.