illusion of the senses


illusion of the senses
   A term introduced in or shortly before 1832 by the French alienist Jean-Etienne Dominique Esquirol (1772-1840) to denote an "illusion that has a bearing on one or more objects present in the external world. Esquirol uses the term in opposition to the term " ganglionic illusion, a notion that he reserves for illusions arising as a consequence of stimuli from inside the body. Illusion of the senses is conceptually compatible with Kandinsky's notion of "sensory misperception.
   References
   Esquirol, J.-E.D. (1965). Mental maladies. A treatise on insanity. A facsimile ofthe English edition of1845. Translated by Hunt, E.K. New York, NY: Hafner Publishing Company.

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