Dark and Light Adaptation Curves

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What is the primary difference between dark and light adaptation curves?

Dark adaptation curve shows how the eye adjusts to low light, while light adaptation curve shows how the eye adjusts to bright light

What causes the initial decrease in sensitivity in the light adaptation curve?

Exhaustion of visual pigments

Which structure in the eye is primarily responsible for dark adaptation?

Rod cells in the retina

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Adaptation Curves

  • The primary difference between dark and light adaptation curves is the direction of sensitivity change: in dark adaptation, sensitivity increases, while in light adaptation, sensitivity decreases initially and then increases.
  • Dark adaptation curve shows a gradual increase in sensitivity as the eye adapts to low light conditions, whereas light adaptation curve shows an initial decrease in sensitivity followed by an increase as the eye adapts to bright light conditions.

Light Adaptation Curve

  • The initial decrease in sensitivity in the light adaptation curve is caused by the bleaching of photopigments, particularly rhodopsin, in the retina, which reduces the eye's ability to respond to light.

Dark Adaptation

  • The rod cells in the retina are primarily responsible for dark adaptation, as they are more sensitive to low light conditions and can respond to single photons of light.

Test your knowledge of the neural basis of vision with this quiz on dark and light adaptation curves. Explore the primary differences between these two curves, the initial decrease in sensitivity in the light adaptation curve, and the structure in the eye responsible for dark adaptation. Sharpen your understanding of vision and neural processes with this informative quiz.

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