Phi-phenomenon



[fahy-fi-nom-uh-non, -nuh n] /ˈfaɪ fɪˌnɒm əˌnɒn, -nən/

noun, plural phi-phenomena
[fahy-fi-nom-uh-nuh] /ˈfaɪ fɪˌnɒm ə nə/ (Show IPA). Psychology.
1.
motion perceived by a subject, especially the illusion of movement produced when stationary stimuli, as pictures or lights, are presented in rapid succession and are sometimes in slightly different positions.
/ˈfaɪfɪˌnɒmɪnən/
noun (psychol) (pl) -na (-nə)
1.
the illusion that when two lights are rapidly turned on and off in succession something appears to move backwards and forwards between them while the lights stay stationary
2.
a similar illusion in which one light appears to move smoothly backwards and forwards

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