- The German term Erinnerungsnachbild (i.e. memory-afterimage) was introduced in or shortly before 1860 by the German psychologist Gustav Theodor Fechner (1801-1887) to denote an acute, lively, and often accurate recollection of an event one has failed to notice shortly before. Fechner gives the example of a question that is posed while our thoughts are elsewhere and then springs to mind as soon as we realize that it is we who are expected to answer it. A second example involves the striking of a clock which is noticed only when the striking is halfway through, after which it may be possible to count the previous strokes in one's memory. The memory-afterimage is classified as atypeof "imagery rather than as a percept. Conceptually as well as phenomenologically, it would seem to be related to the " eidetic image.ReferencesFechner, G.Th. (1860). Elemente der Psy-chophysik I. Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel.Jaspers, K. (1963). Die Trugwahrnehmungen. Kritisches Referat. In: Gesammelte Schriften zur Psychopathologie. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
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