Baby Yoda: Pareidolia and Patternicity in Sacral MRI and CT Scans

  title={Baby Yoda: Pareidolia and Patternicity in Sacral MRI and CT Scans},
  author={Patrick M. Foye and Teresa J Koger and Harrison R Massey},
Pareidolia is the human tendency to “see,” imagine, or perceive an alternative image that resembles the image that is actually displayed. Examples include “seeing” faces and other familiar images when looking at clouds or other stimuli. Pareidolia is a form of patternicity, which is the brain’s tendency to perceive patterns within stimuli, whether the pattern is truly there or not. In medical education, we sometimes use these phenomena to teach medical trainees to recognize patterns when… 
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