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illusion

 [ĭ-loo´zhun]
a mental impression derived from misinterpretation of an actual sensory stimulus. adj., adj illu´sional.

il·lu·sion

(i-lū'zhŭn), Do not confuse this word with delusion or hallucination.
A false perception; the mistaking of something for what it is not.
[L. illusio, fr. il- ludo, pp. -lusus, to play at, mock]

illusion

/il·lu·sion/ (ĭ-loo´zhun) a mental impression derived from misinterpretation of an actual experience.illu´sional

illusion

[ilo̅o̅′zhən]
Etymology: L, illudere, to mock
a false interpretation of an external sensory stimulus, usually visual or auditory, such as a mirage in the desert or voices on the wind. Compare delusion, hallucination.
Neurology Psychiatry A misperception of a real external stimulus—e.g., rustling of leaves interpreted as the sound of voices. See Hallucination
Vox populi A false image. See Japanese illusion, Moon illusion, Stopped clock illusion

illusion

Neurology A misperception of a real external stimulus–eg, rustling of leaves interpreted as the sound of voices. See Hallucination Vox populi A false image. See Japanese illusion.

il·lu·sion

(i-lū'zhŭn)
A false perception; the mistaking of something for what it is not. Unlike a hallucination, it requires an external trigger.
[L. illusio, fr. il- ludo, pp. -lusus, to play at, mock]

illusion

A false sense perception from misinterpretation of stimuli. Most illusions are normal and harmless, but some are features of psychiatric conditions, especially depression. Compare DELUSION and HALLUCINATION.

Illusion

A false visual perception of an object that others perceive correctly. A common example is the number of sightings of "UFOs" that turn out to be airplanes or weather balloons.

illusion

A false interpretation of an object or figure presented to the eye (visual illusion). Illusions can occur with each of the senses. See ambiguous figure.
autokinetic visual illusion The apparent motion of a luminous object fixated in the dark, or in a large blank field. It is not due to eye movements and the illusion disappears as soon as the ambient luminance increases so that other objects become visible. Syn. visual autokinesis.
Baldwin's illusion 1. Illusion in which a line connecting two large squares appears shorter than a line connecting two smaller squares (Fig. I1). 2. Illusion in which a dot placed halfway between a large disc and a smaller disc appears to be nearer the large one.
café wall illusion An illusion induced by a pattern of alternating columns of black and white rectangles (or squares) placed in such a way that the lines that they compose do not appear to be parallel. Syn. Munsterberg illusion. A variant of this illusion consists of hollow squares without alternating colour and is called a 'hollow square illusion'.
Cornsweet illusion See Craik-O'Brien-Cornsweet effect.
corridor illusion Illusion in which images of equal size in a perspective figure of a corridor, appear to be of different sizes. The figure that seems further away appears larger than the one in the foreground (Fig. I2).
Craik-Cornsweet illusion See Craik-O'Brien-Cornsweet effect.
Delboeuf illusion Illusion in which a circle surrounded by a slightly larger concentric circle appears larger than another circle of the same size surrounded by a much larger concentric circle (Fig. I3).
Ebbinghaus illusion Illusion in which a circle usually appears larger when surrounded by smaller circles than by larger circles (Fig.I4).
Ehrenstein's brightness illusion Illusion in which the erased area at the intersection of radial (or horizontal and vertical) lines appears to be brighter than the background and with an illusory contour (Fig. I5).
floating-finger illusion Illusion noted when fixating a point in the distance while the forefingers of each hand are held horizontally about 30 centimetres in front of the eyes, with the fingertips nearly touching. A small, disembodied finger with two tips appears floating in between and can be shortened or lengthened by varying the distance between the fingertips. It is a peculiar illustration of physiological diplopia (Fig. I6).
frequency doubling illusion Illusion in which a grating pattern appears to have twice as many black and white bars as it actually has. This happens when a sinusoidal grating with a low spatial frequency (less than 4 c/deg) flickers in a counterphase fashion (i.e. light bars become dark and vice versa) at a high temporal frequency (more than 15 Hz). This type of stimulation is assumed to stimulate the non-linear mechanism within the magnocellular visual system. See frequency doubling perimetry.
Helmholtz illusion See irradiation.
Hering's illusion Illusion in which a pair of parallel lines appear bent when placing diagonal lines across them. This illusion is most noticeable when radiating lines are crossing two parallel lines on opposite sides of the point of radiation. In this case, the two parallel lines appear to bend away from each other (Fig. I7). See Wundt's illusion.
Hermann's illusion See Hering-Hermann grid.
hole in the hand illusion See hole in the hand test.
hollow square illusion See café wall illusion.
horizontal-vertical visual illusion Illusion in which the vertical line appears longer than the horizontal line when two lines of equal length are placed with the vertical line at the midpoint of the horizontal. See top hat illusion.
Jastrow illusion Illusion in which two identical curved and tapering ring segments placed one above the other appear unequal in size, the band nearer the centres of curvature appearing to be the longest (Fig. I8).
Kundt's illusion Illusion occurring when one attempts to bisect a horizontal line with only one eye and the segment on the temporal side of the visual field is then larger than the other.
moon illusion Illusion in which the moon appears much larger at the horizon than when viewed high in the sky. In fact, the actual size of the moon remains constant as does its distance from the earth. One possible explanation is that at the horizon there are many other cues in the field of view (e.g. houses, mountains) that make the moon appear to be much closer than when it is high in the sky and thus should be larger. See Ames room.
Müller-Lyer illusion Illusion in which a line with outgoing fins on both ends appears longer than another of equal length but with arrowheads on both ends (Fig. I9).
Munsterberg's illusion See café wall illusion.
oculogyral illusion Illusion of apparent movement of viewed objects when the body is subjected to rotary acceleration. The initial apparent movement is opposite to that of the direction of rotation of the body and is followed by an apparent movement in the same direction.
Oppel-Kundt illusion Illusion in which a divided, interrupted or filled area appears to be larger than an empty area of equal size.
optical illusion See visual illusion.
Orbison illusion Illusion of a distorted geometric figure such as a square or a circle drawn on a background of radiating lines or concentric lines.
Poggendorff's illusion Illusion in which two visible portions of a diagonal line overlaid by a rectangle do not appear to be continuous (Fig. I10).
Ponzo illusion Illusion in which two parallel lines of equal length do not appear equal when they are surrounded by two radiating straight lines, one on each side. The parallel line nearer the point of radiation appears to be longer (Fig. I11).
Schroeder's staircase visual illusion See Schroeder's staircase.
top hat illusion Illusion in which a top hat drawn with equal vertical and horizontal dimensions appears to be much greater vertically than horizontally. It is closely related to the horizontal-vertical illusion (Fig. I12). See horizontal-vertical visual illusion.
visual illusion Perception of an object or a figure that does not correspond to the actual physical characteristics of the stimulus. Syn. optical illusion; geometrical optical illusion.
waterfall illusion See waterfall after-effect.
Wundt's illusion Illusion in which a pair of parallel lines appear bent towards each other when crossed by lines radiating from two points, one on each side of the parallel lines. See Hering's illusion.
Zollner's illusion Illusion in which a series of parallel lines appear to converge or diverge from each other when crossed by short diagonal lines.
Fig. I1 Baldwins illusionenlarge picture
Fig. I1 Baldwin's illusion
Fig. I2 Corridor illusionenlarge picture
Fig. I2 Corridor illusion
Fig. I3 Delboeuf illusionenlarge picture
Fig. I3 Delboeuf illusion
Fig. I4 Ebbinghaus illusionenlarge picture
Fig. I4 Ebbinghaus illusion
Fig. I5 Ehrensteins brightness illusionenlarge picture
Fig. I5 Ehrenstein's brightness illusion
Fig. I6 Floating-finger illusionenlarge picture
Fig. I6 Floating-finger illusion
Fig. I7 Herings illusionenlarge picture
Fig. I7 Hering's illusion
Fig. I8 Jastrow illusionenlarge picture
Fig. I8 Jastrow illusion
Fig. I9 Müller-Lyer illusionenlarge picture
Fig. I9 Müller-Lyer illusion
Fig. I10 Poggendorffs illusionenlarge picture
Fig. I10 Poggendorff's illusion
Fig. I11 Ponzo illusionenlarge picture
Fig. I11 Ponzo illusion
Fig. I12 Top hat illusionenlarge picture
Fig. I12 Top hat illusion

il·lu·sion

(i-lū'zhŭn)
A false perception; the mistaking of something for what it is not.
[L. illusio, fr. il- ludo, pp. -lusus, to play at, mock]

illusion,

n a mistaken or erroneous perception of an object external to the individual. In some cases, the laws of physics explain the errors. In others, the explanation lies with the perceiver. Illusions should be distinguished from
hallucinations, which are perceptions that lack external stimuli, and
delusions, which are false beliefs. Illusions are seen in certain reactions to general anesthesia or intoxication.
References in classic literature ?
She couldn't hev things a gwine on so as they had been, and she was gwine to make these yer young ones keep better order;" for Dinah herself, somehow, indulged the illusion that she, herself, was the soul of order, and it was only the young uns, and the everybody else in the house, that were the cause of anything that fell short of perfection in this respect.
The mournfulness of the place and time, and the great terror of this illusion, though it was but momentary, caused me to feel an indescribable awe as I came out between the open wooden gates where I had once wrung my hair after Estella had wrung my heart.
It was only the want of adequate knowledge that could have made it possible for Godfrey deliberately to entertain an unfeeling project: his natural kindness had outlived that blighting time of cruel wishes, and Nancy's praise of him as a husband was not founded entirely on a wilful illusion.
Yet I know it is all a dangerous dream,--a trick of our brains, an illusion of our tastes.
But she was subject to the illusion which disables youth in spite of its superiority to age.
No; it was merely an illusion wrought on the troubled senses.
We soon discovered that we had really been the victims of an illusion, whereupon, without further delay and laughing like madmen, we ran to Box Five on the grand tier, went inside and found no shape of any kind.
I swear by God Omnipotent," exclaimed Don Quixote at this, "your highness has hit the point; and that some vile illusion must have come before this sinner of a Sancho, that made him see what it would have been impossible to see by any other means than enchantments; for I know well enough, from the poor fellow's goodness and harmlessness, that he is incapable of bearing false witness against anybody.
There is in most of the arguments which relate to distance a palpable illusion of the imagination.
I smiled to myself, and in my psychological way, began lazily to inquire into the elements of this illusion, occasionally, even as I did so, dropping back into a comfortable morning doze.
K- was a BON VIVANT as well as an accomplished teacher; he liked a sly illusion no less than a careful preparation.
I was quite a little startled myself, for it seemed for an instant as if the stranger had great eyes like burning flames, but a second look dispelled the illusion.