Definition of Purkinje phenomenon in English:

Purkinje phenomenon

(also Purkinje's phenomenon, phenomenon of Purkinje)


  • A decrease in the apparent brightness of light of long wavelength (e.g. red) compared with light of short wavelength (e.g. blue) when the degree of illumination falls.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Journal of Psychology. Perhaps after French phénomène de Purkinje; described by Purkinje in Mag. f. die ges. Heilkunde 20 225.