Purkinje shift


the changes in perception of the relative lightness and darkness of different colors as illumination changes from daylight to twilight.

Origin of Purkinje shift

First recorded in 1970–75; see origin at Purkinje fiber
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Medicine definitions for purkinje shift

Purkinje shift


The change in the eye's region of maximal visual acuity as a function of availability of light; in the light-adapted eye the region is in the yellow range whereas in the dark-adapted eye the region is in the green range of the color spectrum.
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