autokinesis


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autokinesis

(ˌɔːtəʊkɪˈniːsɪs)
n
a visual illusion occurring in low light, in which a stationary bright spot appears to be moving
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Autokinesis is most common in very dark conditions with only one or two lights present and is uncommon with three or more lights present.
The exact physiological cause of autokinesis remains unknown, but it is believed to be related to tiny fixation movements of the eye and the loss of the surrounding references (i.
Armed with a better understanding of distance illusions, visual autokinesis, false horizon cues, black hole effects, vection illusions, and runway illusions, as well as having an improved awareness of how the human visual system can be deceived, pilots can decrease their vulnerability to mishaps.