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What is this effect on my monitor?

#1TalksPosted 9/26/2013 10:14:45 PM
I feel really stupid asking this but...

when I move my mouse quickly, I can still see multiple images of it where it was for the previous fraction of a second. It's not mouse trails, like the setting in windows, I have that turned all the way down.

It happens also when I scroll down quickly, I can see some content repeating. It's not nearly enough to be distracting, but it's *really* noticeable on the mouse.

So are my eyes just retaining the image (although I guess it would be a blur if that were the case) , or is the monitor really displaying the mouse like 7-8 times at once? What's it called and what exactly is happening?

I have this monitor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236335
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#2ZeraphLordSPosted 9/26/2013 10:52:07 PM(edited)
persistence of vision

check out blurbusters for more info (lightboosted 120hz monitors eliminate this effect, also CRTs)
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#3DarkZV2BetaPosted 9/26/2013 11:02:05 PM
Your eyes are retaining the image.
Because the mouse is only in one exact place at a time, due to the 60hz refresh rate, you see trails of it existing here and there. If you had a 1000+hz display, this might go away.
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