vi·​suo·​spa·​tial ˌvi-zhə-wō-ˈspā-shəl How to pronounce visuospatial (audio)
: of, relating to, or being thought processes that involve visual and spatial awareness
visuospatial problem solving

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This makes sense, as the right hemisphere of the brain is specialized for visuospatial processing and also plays a significant role in processing the emotions that art elicits. Brianna Randall, Discover Magazine, 10 Apr. 2021 In contrast, surgeons—who on average spend 3,963 hours of training honing a complex motor and visuospatial skill may naturally focus more on the procedural task at hand rather than the factors contributing to their patient’s condition. Ashley Andreou, Scientific American, 26 May 2022 Driving high is not as dangerous as driving drunk, but marijuana can interfere with essential skills, including reaction time, processing speed, and visuospatial perception. Amanda Chicago Lewis, Wired, 15 Feb. 2022 Other studies show that after only six weeks of regular exercise individuals have improved working memory and visuospatial processing. Brodie Ramin, Outside Online, 30 Aug. 2021 The non-math part of the program included tangram puzzles, 2D rotation tasks, non-verbal reasoning, and visuospatial working memory tasks. Chris Smith, BGR, 22 May 2021 According to Ash Nadkami, a psychiatrist and instructor at Harvard Medical School, puzzles have been found to improve visuospatial cognition (for example, depth and distance perception and detecting patterns). Ashley Abramson, Allure, 13 Dec. 2020 Therefore, any sign of someone losing their visuospatial cognitive abilities is a sign of underlying problems and a reduced functioning of the brain. Dean Burnett, The Cut, 17 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History


visual + -o- + spatial

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of visuospatial was in 1960

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Cite this Entry

“Visuospatial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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vi·​suo·​spa·​tial -ˈspā-shəl How to pronounce visuospatial (audio)
: of, relating to, or being thought processes that involve visual and spatial awareness
visuospatial problem solving
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