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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Perfect eyes can be fooled by the illusions brought on by linear perspective, upslope, downslope, runway width, false references, repeating patterns and autokinesis. Over the course of my life I have experienced most of these, but one of them, the black-hole illusion, or black-hole approach as pilots sometimes call it, remained a mystery.
Autokinesis, sometimes called autokinetic effect, is perceived movement exhibited by a static dim light when it is stared at in the dark.
These include false depth perception and autokinesis, where a stationary light appears to move.