Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Psychedelics and your vision.

Hallucinations are a fascinating aspect of vision. Most times when people claim to be hallucinating they are either senile or on hallucinogens also known as psychedelics. From my research I have gathered that the reactions we have when on psychedelics can be broken down into a few categories. They goes as, enhancements, distortions, geometric illusions, and finally hallucinations.

Enhancements - The first category of visual effects can be classified as an overall enhancement of vision. This is consistently reported at the lowest levels of psychedelic experience.

Distortions - The second category of visual effects found within a psychedelic experience is known as a distortion or a visual alteration. These can be generally described as changes in perception attributed to the external environment that are always obviously grounded in reality.

Geometry - Geometry can be described as the experience of a person’s field of vision being partially or completely encompassed by fast-moving, kaleidoscopic, and indescribably complex geometric patterns, form constants, shapes, fractals, structures and color.
Geometry never stands still at any point and remains extremely fast-changing and self-transforming in terms of its shape and style. During this process, the geometry naturally drifts laterally or radially across the visual field to create overlapping webs of many arising and decaying geometric patterns, all of which are visible within a single perceptual frame.

Hallucinatory states - The fourth sensory effect is perhaps the most profound subjective sensory effect that the psychedelic experience has to offer. 

1 comment:

  1. The effects of hallucinogens on the brain has always fascinated me. I think it's amazing how your perceptions can completely change. I've always wondered what causes those changes? When taking lsd or any other psychedelic, what actually makes you think that colors are more vibrant? What's going on in your brain that makes the ground look wavy? How does sound become so distinct? I've always wanted to know exactly what's going on in the brain on lsd.