- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pæɹ.aɪˈdəʊ.li.ə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /pɛɹ.aɪˈdoʊ.li.ə/
Audio (GA) (file)
- Rhymes: -əʊliə
- Hyphenation: par‧ei‧do‧lia
- The tendency to interpret a vague stimulus as something known to the observer, such as interpreting marks on Mars as canals, seeing shapes in clouds, or hearing hidden messages in music.
- Hypernym: apophenia
- 1868 July, John Sibbald, The British Journal of Psychiatry, volume 13, page 238:
- This last is called by Dr. Kahlbaum, changing hallucination, partial hallucination, perception of secondary images, or pareidolia.
- 2006, Steve W. Martin, “Choosing Your Battles”, in Heavy Hitter Selling: How Successful Salespeople Use Language and Intuition to Persuade Customers to Buy, Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, →ISBN, page 150:
- 2010, Rick Emmer, “Nessies of the New World”, in Loch Ness Monster: Fact or Fiction? (Creature Scene Investigation), New York, N.Y.: Chelsea House Publishers, Infobase Publishing, →ISBN, page 81:
- Pareidolia is a state of mind where a vague or unclear image is perceived to be something recognizable, regardless of whether it's something you expect to see. The most famous example of pareidolia is the familiar face of the Man in the Moon.
tendency to interpret vague stimuli as something familiar
- pareidolia on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- “pareidolia” in Paul McFedries, Word Spy, Logophilia Limited, 2 March 2004, retrieved 4 June 2017.
- “pareidolia” in The Skeptic’s Dictionary
- pareidolia (tendency to interpret vague stimuli as something familiar)
declension of pareidolia
- pareidolia in Polish dictionaries at PWN