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

Examples of visuospatial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Aligning with Barth’s arguments, some paleoanthropologists have suggested that our ancestor hominins had relatively well-developed and integrated visuospatial and sensorimotor systems. Chip Colwell, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 Trauma flashbacks are sensory-perceptual, visuospatial mental images. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 6 Dec. 2011 According to the study, participants underwent various cognitive tests at age 69, testing for attention and orientation, verbal fluency, memory, language, and visuospatial. Byalexa Mikhail, Fortune Well, 21 Feb. 2023 Doing jigsaw puzzles taps into the visuospatial cognitive processes, including episodic memory and working memory. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 3 Jan. 2022 The results are consistent with EI theory, showing that craving is reduced by loading the visuospatial sketchpad of working memory but not by loading the phonological loop. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 31 May 2012 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

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Word History


visual + -o- + spatial

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of visuospatial was in 1960

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“Visuospatial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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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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