Definition of photism


A photism is the image (usually a colour or shape) seen or perceived by a synesthete in response to a specific stimulus.


For example, someone with auditory-visual synesthesia might hear the sound of a violin and see or perceive a photism consisting of a yellow line.


The word photism is used to describe visual synesthetic concurrents. If the concurrent is an auditory sensation, the word “phonism” is used.

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