visual cortex


Definition of 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 Above them, the somatosensory cortex; behind them, the visual cortex. Quanta Magazine, 24 Aug. 2021 The researchers chose two distant regions: the primary visual cortex, the first stop for processing visual input from the eye, and part of the motor cortex (anterior lateral motor cortex, or ALM), which is involved in movement. Simon Makin, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2018 That might be because the visual cortex is highly organized. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 9 June 2021 These details are, in large part, handled by neurons in lower areas of the visual cortex. Susan R. Barry, WSJ, 18 June 2021 Even in the visual cortex, Ziv found evidence of representational drift when mice watched the same movies over many days. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 9 June 2021 When the visual cortex tires, our ability to take in new information is reduced. Emily Zak, Vogue, 29 Apr. 2021 One way this is showing up is with NextMind’s brain-sensing wearable for developers, which can be retrofitted onto the back of caps, close to where your image-processing visual cortex is located. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2021 This is because other senses have taken over their visual cortex. David Eagleman, Time, 29 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of visual cortex

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of visual cortex was in 1954

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7 Sep 2021

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“Visual cortex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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Medical Definition of 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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