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Perpendicular

Denoting the latest stage of English Gothic church architecture, prevalent from the late 14th to mid 16th centuries and characterized by broad arches, elaborate fan vaulting, and large ...

horizontal cell

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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...cell n . A type of cell in the retina that lacks an axon , lying perpendicular to the sensory pathway and linking photoreceptors and bipolar cells , one of its important functions being to inhibit neurons outside the immediate zone of excitation. Compare amacrine cell...

Lissajous figure

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...figure n. A curve traced out by a point moving in simple harmonic motion in two directions perpendicular to each other, the shape of the curve being determined by the relative frequencies and phases of the motion. If the motion is observed for some time on an oscilloscope screen, the direction of apparent rotation appears to reverse spontaneously. [Named after the French physicist Jules Antoine Lissajous ( 1822–80 ) who first constructed...

kinetic depth effect

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...the object is held obliquely and rotated about its centre, causing complex transformations that make the shadow appear to move in front and behind the surface on which it is cast. The three-dimensional effect disappears if the rod stops moving, or if it rotates in a plane perpendicular to the surface on which the shadow is cast, causing the shadow merely to lengthen and shorten as the rod rotates. It is closely related to the windmill illusion . See also structure from motion . KDE abbrev...

ocular-dominance column

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...column n . Any of the alternating slabs of cells perpendicular to the surface of the primary visual cortex (Area V1), approximately half a millimetre wide and extending through all six cortical layers, appearing after special staining procedures as orderly stripes, with all the cells in a slab responding mainly to inputs from the same eye, and in layer 4C, which receives inputs directly from the lateral geniculate nuclei, responding only to inputs from the dominant eye for that particular slab. The anatomical basis of this alternation is...

hair cell

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...into electrical nerve impulses. A mammalian hair cell responds along its axis of maximum sensitivity to movements of its tip of 100 picometres (trillionths of a metre, about the same distance as the diameter of some atoms), but is totally insensitive to movement along the perpendicular axis. See also Deiters’ cell , inner hair cell , outer hair cell...

Pulfrich effect

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...effect n . A visual illusion that is seen when a pendulum such as a length of string with a weight attached to one end is swung from side to side in a plane perpendicular to the line of vision. If it is viewed from a distance with a lens from a pair of sunglasses or a similar dark filter over one eye but with both eyes open, and with attention focused on the centre of the swing, the pendulum appears to move in an ellipse parallel to the floor, clockwise as seen from above if the dark lens is over the left eye and anticlockwise if it is covers the right...

waggle dance

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...to perform another straight waggling run from the same point, then looping back for a further straight waggling run, and so on, alternating the return loops between left anticlockwise) and right (clockwise) (see illustration). The direction of the waggling run relative to the perpendicular indicates the direction of the target relative to the position of the sun, the liveliness and length of the dance, how rich the food source is; and the tempo of the dance, the distance of the food source—for example, in the giant honey-bee Apis dorsata , 40 complete figures...

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