visual field


Definition of visual field

: the entire expanse of space visible at a given instant without moving the eyes

called also field of vision

Examples of visual field in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Kardashian family face continued to flood the visual field. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "The Makeup Artist at Ground Zero of Internet Beauty Culture," 31 Aug. 2020 These neurons responded to a dark or a light bar of a particular orientation in a specific region of the visual field of the animal. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "Teaching Machines to See," 1 Nov. 2015 In Active Speaker mode, the person talking floods the visual field; the screen becomes a stage for our temporary overlord. Laurence Scott, Wired, "Covid-19 and the New Intimacy," 1 June 2020 Many neuroscientists think that neural signals in charge of relaying information about the pigments in our visual field get averaged—creating a color somewhere in the middle. Nicole Wetsman, Popular Science, "These skulls look purple and orange. They are both red.," 22 May 2020 The experience lasts about five minutes and functions as a sort of Turrell acid test, during which the dazzling colors of light completely eliminate any sense of depth within each person’s visual field. John Zotos, Dallas News, "American artist explores light and perception in ground-breaking exhibition in Mexico City," 15 Jan. 2020 Artists can respond by reflecting and distorting this new visual field, like the painters Jacqueline Humphries and Laura Owens. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Kusama Arrives. Is It Worth Your Time to Wait in Line?," 8 Nov. 2019 The animals could distinguish between different letters the researchers flashed into their visual field by activating 10 to 15 electrodes at a time. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "New technologies promise sharper artificial vision for blind people," 31 Oct. 2019 That magnetic pulse caused a flash of light (a phosphene) in the receiver’s visual field of the receiver as a cue to turn the block. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "Scientists Demonstrate Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of visual field

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of visual field was in 1875

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7 Sep 2020

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“Visual field.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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Medical Definition of visual field

: the entire expanse of space visible at a given instant without moving the eyes

called also field of vision

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