One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Psychology the alteration or diminution of the perception of a (visual or auditory) stimulus by a second stimulus which follows it closely; compare metacontrast.
2The inclusion of a message in a piece of recorded music which can be understood if the music is played backwards, and which is said by some to have a subliminal effect when the music is played normally.
1950s; earliest use found in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
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