perceptual illusion

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A misperception of a stimulus object, event, or experience, or a stimulus that gives rise to such a misperception or misconception; more generally any misleading, deceptive, or puzzling stimulus or the perceptual experience that it generates. See auditory illusion, tactile illusion, visual illusion. See also constant error, naive realism. [From Latin illusio, illusionis deceit, from illudere to mock or make sport with, from ludere to play]

Subjects: Psychology.

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