Harvard Awards Ig Nobel Prize to ‘Jesus In Toast’ Study

Do you see Jesus on these pieces of toast? New study says that most people will. (Photos provided by Kang Lee)
Do you see Jesus on these pieces of toast? New study says that most people will. (Photos provided by Kang Lee)

A Canadian-led study about the ability to see famous faces in everyday objects was one of the winners of the Ig Nobel Prize awarded at Harvard University on Thursday.

The annual honours — a spoof of the Nobel Prize — are produced by science humour magazine Annals of Improbable Research, and celebrate unusual, imaginative and humorous scientific achievements.

Ten Ig Nobel Prizes have been awarded each year since 1991 with several real Nobel Laureates handing out the awards each ceremony.

University of Toronto professor Kang Lee was lead author of the study “Seeing Jesus in toast: Neural and behavioral correlates of face pareidolia” published in the journal Cortex earlier this year.

The research was conducted with partner institutions in China and explored the phenomenon of “face pareidolia” where individuals report seeing well-known faces in bread, clouds, smoke or rock formations.

Lee, a developmental neuroscientist, and his team of researchers found that such recognition is normal and based on how the brain interprets and makes sense of visual stimuli.

The buzzed-about study made international headlines including items published by Time Magazine and The Daily Mail and The Independent in the U.K.

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SOURCE: CTV News

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