Documenta Ophthalmologica

, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 293–301 | Cite as

The visual sensitivity of women during the menstrual cycle

  • M. C. Barris
  • W. W. Dawson
  • C. L. Theiss


Five women were examined with dark adaptometry and a signal detection procedure for seven consecutive days in the middle of their menstrual cycles. Their discriminability indices show significant (p < 0.05) increases in visual sensitivity on the basal body temperature rise day, while five control observers show no changes across four consecutive days.


Dark adaptation Signal detection theory Infrared pupillometry 


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© Dr. W. Junk B.V. Publishers 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. C. Barris
    • 1
  • W. W. Dawson
    • 1
  • C. L. Theiss
    • 1
  1. 1.GainesvilleUSA

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