An interesting question

18 08 2008

Last week I was stopped by a Ghanaian as I walked down the street and asked a question. Now this in itself isn’t that strange, I quite often get stopped to be asked where I’m from, whether I can be a friend and occasionally for money or food. This time the chap looked at me and asked what the word was for the phenomenon where you see spots of dancing lights in front of your eyes when you’ve been hit. I had to plead ignorance.

[I was kindly provided with the correct answer in the comments]

Advertisements

Actions

Information

7 responses

18 08 2008
Saira

ha ha.

18 08 2008
Penny

Hmm – I know what causes it (pressure hitting the visual cortex of your brain and stimulating the cells there!) but I can’t remember a specific word for it. Try asking a neurologist perhaps….!!

18 08 2008
The Doctor

Is it a ‘Phosphene’?

19 08 2008
Tim Little

Looks like “The Doctor” is right:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phosphene

19 08 2008
Verity Lewis

Isn’t it just “seeing stars” ??

19 08 2008
Tim Little

To be pedantic “Seeing Stars” is two words and phosphene is quite satisfying to know.

19 08 2008
Penny

Bother! That was a word I should have known…………..

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




%d bloggers like this: