sound phosphene

   A term used to denote a type of synaesthesia characterized by a transient flash or spark of light (i.e. a *phosphene) which is triggered by a sudden sound. Sound phosphenes are typically perceived in a dark environment. A special variant is the * visual sleep start. The term sound phosphene is used in opposition to the terms *convergence phosphene, *flick phosphene, and *movement phosphene.
   Harrison, J. (2001). Synaesthesia. The strangest thing. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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