I first reported the phenomenon in a post more than 18 months ago (“Where’s the Rest of Me? The Phantom Cellphone Vibration“): you’re standing in the shower — presumably undressed — and you feel your left (or in my case, right) hip vibrate.
You think you’re wearing your phone — until you realize you aren’t.
It was just a matter of time, but that experience now has a name: “Phantom vibration syndrome” (“You Love Your iPhone. Literally“; The New York Times, 9/30/2011).
The same article discusses a related sensation called “synesthesia.”
Also referred to as “cross-sensory phenomena,” it’s when someone “sees” a smell or “hears” a vibration.
Imagine trying to explain that one to your grandparents . . .
P.S.: Once upon a time, before I moved on to the business world, I was a Stanford psych major.
I switched to Economics when it dawned on me that the department’s focus was brain synapses and neural architecture; Freud and Yung were taught in the Religious Studies department.