Hallucinations of Mythical Beings

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Offline 1337spb

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Hallucinations of Mythical Beings
« on: 07/06/2011 17:00:24 »
I've come across a way of inducing hallucinations of mythical/demonic beings which I am interested in from a psychological perspective. I have made a corny video with instructions on how to do it:

newbielink:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV73w9HOnag [nonactive]

I'm interested in sparking some debate about why the effect is so extreme - I have narrowed it down to a four stage process:

1. The optical illusion is firstly caused by fading visual input:
newbielink:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troxler%27s_fading [nonactive]

2. With the lack of visual input, the facial processing components of the brain override perception allowing the distortion of facial features in the image:
newbielink:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia [nonactive]

3. Pulling an evil face causes the facial perception distortion to view a demonic face - Theoretically enhanced by the 'fear' centre of the brain (the Amygdala).

4. The fact you are looking at a reflection of yourself means that you are aware of the consciousness of the reflection in the same way that you are aware of your own consciousness. You are also aware that your own face is not demonic so you experience a deep sense of evil 'otherness' which has a conscious link to you.

I wondered if the effect was as strong for other people and if you have any further ideas of what might be going on. I've tried without success to hallucinate a devine face.

I'm interested in any feedback on this positive or negative! Let me know what you think please.


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Hallucinations of Mythical Beings
« Reply #1 on: 09/06/2011 16:38:54 »
... if you have any further ideas of what might be going on.

If you don't recognize or identify with your reflection that sounds like depersonalization ...

I also look in the mirror and dont recognise myself. Its not me. I dont belong to the reflection. I see an evil person staring at me,