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Visual Stress

Arnold J. Wilkins


This book provides the first general neurological theory of visual discomfort. The theory attributes the experience of visual discomfort to the strong physiological excitation that certain visual stimuli give rise to, and the effects of such excitation when the visual cortex of the brain is hyperexcitable. Cortical hyperexcitability is now thought to occur in migraine as well as in epilepsy and other neurological disorders in which seizures are relatively common, such as autism. The theory explains why visual discomfort is experienced from flicker and from striped patterns; why fluorescent lig ... More

Keywords: visual discomfort, visual stimuli, cortical hyperexcitability, migraine, epilepsy, seizures, autism, visual patterns, ophthalmic tints

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198521747
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198521747.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arnold J. Wilkins, author
MRC Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge