Pattern Recognition

A candlestick or two faces?

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Pattern recognition refers to the ability to recognise patterns within clinical characteristics.

The subconcious uses learned knowledge and experience to find patterns; which means that those that are expert in a subject are likely to recognise a pattern more quickly than those who are not because they have more patterns ‘programmed’ in.

Confirmation bias

Because the process is unconscious there is a substantial risk that confirmation bias (attention to data that support the presumed diagnosis and minimising other information) can cause a diagnosis to be missed, because the pattern identified may not be correct.