Name of this phenomenon...?
How is called the phenomenon where you look at a letter/number/symbol for too long and you lose its signification only to see the shape of the letter ?
For example, when one is looking at the letter "G" for too long, he'll lose the association between the shape and meaning, only to see the traits composing the symbol.
- Ms. WorthLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
What you are describing is part of the phenomenon called "semantic satiation"
It has also been called "jamais vu" ( the "never previously seen" illusion)
Here's a description of this event
"Continued repetition, however, will more and more foreground the word's (or letter's) FORM to the exclusion of function and meaning, until the word literally "makes no sense." It is not the word that is being repeated, but only one of its aspects: the word's (or letter's) FORM.
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