The visual sensitivity of women during the menstrual cycle

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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.

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Barris, M.C., Dawson, W.W. & Theiss, C.L. The visual sensitivity of women during the menstrual cycle. Doc Ophthalmol 49, 293–301 (1980). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01886622

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Keywords

  • Dark adaptation
  • Signal detection theory
  • Infrared pupillometry