The term pseudosynaesthesia comes from the Greek words pseudos (untruthfulness), sun (together, unified), and aisthanesthai (to notice, to perceive). It translates loosely as 'false synaes-thesia'. The term is used to denote a literary or otherwise metaphorical reference reminiscent of a synaesthesia, as in the sentence "A new voice came in, a girlish voice as fresh and clear as the run of spring water over clean stones" by the American author Russell Conwell Hoban (b. 1925). Where a person experiencing actual synaesthesias might have perceived a * vision of spring water running over clean stones upon hearing said voice, Mr. Hoban's example is merely metaphorical.
   Hoban, R. (1987). The Medusa frequency. London: Jonathan Cape.
   Ramachandran, V.S., Blakeslee, S. (1998). Phantoms in the brain. Probing the mysteries ofthe mind. New York, NY: Quill.

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  • synaesthesia —    Also known as synesthesia, synaesthetic hallucination, synaesthetic experience, reflex false perception, secondary sensation, and secondary sense perceptions (German: sekundären Sinnesempfindungen). The term synaesthesia comes from the Greek… …   Dictionary of Hallucinations

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