- sensory automatism
- A term introduced in the posthumously published work of 1903 by the British classical scholar, writer, and poet Frederic Myers (18431901) to denote a type of *automatism which takes the form of an illusory or hallucinatory percept. As Myers asserts, "The products of inner vision or inner audition externalised into quasi-percepts, - these form what I term sensory automatisms." The group of sensory automatisms comprises hallucinations, * illusions, * dream images, and *hypnagogic or *hypnopompic phenomena that are experienced by the affected individual as if controlled, guided, or summoned up by an alien force. In the parapsychological literature, the group of sensory automatisms also includes * apparitions, inspirations, and cases of * clairvoyance or * clairaudience. The term sensory automatism is used in opposition to the term motor automatism, which was also coined by Myers, and which was used by him to denote a class of involuntary motor movements.ReferencesLelong, P. (1928). Le problème des hallucinations. Paris: Librairie J.-B. Baillière et Fils. Myers, F.W.H. (1903). Human personality and its survival ofbodily death. Volume I. London: Longmans, Green, and Co.
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