per·​cep·​tu·​al | \ (ˌ)pər-ˈsep-chə-wəl How to pronounce perceptual (audio) , -chəl, -shwəl\

Definition of perceptual

: of, relating to, or involving perception especially in relation to immediate sensory experience

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Other Words from perceptual

perceptually adverb

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As the experimenter moved the high and low pitches closer together, making the perceptual task more difficult, Natua would sometimes, after an interval of hesitation, choose to press the opt-out paddle. Thomas Nagel, The New York Review of Books, "Known Unknowns," 18 Apr. 2019 Obviously, for a film like Forrest Gump or the Hitchcock TV episode, there is a film editor employing various perceptual tricks to give the illusion of transitioning between scenes. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "What watching Forrest Gump tells us about how we store memories," 18 Oct. 2018 This includes issues with language comprehension, memory, and visual/perceptual function at age 6 as well as problems with attention, problem-solving, and analytical skills at ages 13-16. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here’s What You Need to Know About Using Marijuana While Pregnant or Breastfeeding," 12 Oct. 2018 But there’s also a feverish focus on exuberant color, artifice-laden compositions and perceptual plays that slip back and forth across the thresholds between reality and fantasy, nature and culture. Gayle Clemans, The Seattle Times, "Artists at Winston Wächter gallery construct enticing ‘Summer Dreams’," 30 July 2018 Theoretically, performance on any task that relies on this perceptual ability (not just those studied) could predict performance on any other. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "How Perceptive Are You? Not Everyone Is the Same," 28 May 2018 The term was coined in the 1960s by the perceptual psychologist James J. Gibson and has since been given two related but distinct definitions. New York Times, "Take a Photo Here," 27 June 2018 While these are largely well-known perceptual tricks, the internet has shifted real social dynamics by showing visible disagreement amongst broad swaths of society and competing visions of reality. An Xiao Mina, The Atlantic, "That Merkel Photo Is More Like a Meme Than a Renaissance Painting," 11 June 2018 Like James Turrell and Helen Pashgian of California’s Light and Space movement of the 1960s and ’70s, her aim is perceptual. Cate Mcquaid,, "Elaine Buckholtz’s presences on a wall," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of perceptual

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perceptual

percept + -ual (as in conceptual)

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per·​cep·​tu·​al | \ (ˌ)pər-ˈsep-chə(-wə)l, -ˈsepsh-wəl How to pronounce perceptual (audio) \

Medical Definition of perceptual

: of, relating to, or involving perception especially in relation to immediate sensory experience auditory perceptual deficits

Other Words from perceptual

perceptually \ -​ē How to pronounce perceptually (audio) \ adverb

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