visual cortex


: a sensory area of the occipital lobe of the cerebral cortex receiving afferent nerve fibers concerned with vision

called also visual area

Examples of visual cortex in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the same time, activity near the back of the brain increased, in older regions like the brainstem and visual cortex, which regulate more basic functions like awareness and arousal. Oshan Jarow, Vox, 7 June 2024 For the visual cortex to need defending, harmful neuroplasticity would need to occur in the space of a few hours. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 26 July 2020 The visual system includes the eyes, the optic nerves that connect the eyes to the brain, and the brain’s visual cortex. Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2023 Also, these brain cells send messages directly to the visual cortex, which initiates the dreaming process. Roberta McLain, Scientific American, 12 Dec. 2023 Early tests indicate the light-detecting cells in the eyeball’s retina are perceiving light and sending some signals to the visual cortex in his brain. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Nov. 2023 Scans of dreaming people show most of the brain activity associated with REM is within the visual cortex. Roberta McLain, Scientific American, 12 Dec. 2023 That image was normally recorded in the visual cortex, Rodriguez said. Jon Lapook, CBS News, 9 Nov. 2023 These studies showed that in female rats given daily doses of SSRIs, new synapses formed in their visual cortex and hippocampus, brain areas linked to learning and memory. WIRED, 26 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of visual cortex was in 1954

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“Visual cortex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

visual cortex

: a sensory area of the occipital lobe of the cerebral cortex receiving afferent projection fibers concerned with the sense of sight

called also visual area

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