Pulfrich Phenomenon

Pulfrich Phenomenon

The Pulfrich phenomenon is the observation that a pendulum swung from side to side appears to traverse a curved trajectory. This is a stereo-illusion resulting from latency disparities in the visual pathways, most commonly seen as a consequence of conduction slowing in a demyelinated optic nerve following unilateral optic neuritis.



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Cross References

Phosphene; Relative afferent pupillary defect (RAPD)