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Can you see the baby in this picture? You might be psychotic

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Can you see that cow in the top right corner? Good, you're not psychotic. 

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What about a baby?

No?

How about now?

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If you could see the small tot without any guidance, we should probably let you know that you're more prone to hallucinations, and possibly psychosis. 

No need to worry though - researchers from the Universities of Cardiff and Cambridge say this is a good thing. Seeing the baby indicates that your brain is trying to interpret and make sense of the world. 

In their experiment, the scientists studied 18 volunteers, who had been referred to the mental health service. They looked at how these people were able to make sense of incomplete or ambiguous images and say whether they contained a person or not. They did the same test on 16 healthy individuals and the volunteers with early signs of psychosis performed much better than the healthy group.

If you didn't see the baby, don't feel left out. You'll probably experience hallucinations another time as we all experience them at some point. None of us are safe.

 


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