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Mind games: How our brain has to make sense of even the most senseless, part one

What do you see?
What do you see?
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The Rorschach test (inkblot test) is a classic example of how our brains have to make sense of everything. This is simply ink on paper. Nothing is drawn and there is no correct answer to what the person viewing this test might see in the blot. It’s just ink. Yet, this test has used since Hermann Rorschach created it in 1921. Psychologists use this test to evaluate their patients through theory and/or through algorithms. The patient is shown the picture and then asked what it is. There are many answers to the question and psychologists use these answers to find the mindset of the patient.

Another example is M.C. Escher’s drawings. They are quite ambiguous. White birds on a black background or black birds on a white background…which is it? Are the stairs going up or down? How does the brain know which one it might be?

The brain works on what is familiar, or what it expects to see. The brain has to make sense of things by making it familiar. This is how psychologists use the Rorschach test to see a person’s mindset or how they think.

The brain in conditioned to think in a particular way through nature and nurture. What’s reality to one person is not the reality of another because their brains have been conditioned to see reality in a different light. So, the next time something doesn’t look right, take another look because you’re looking at the reality of the creator.