from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make fixed, stable, or stationary.
- transitive v. To focus one's eyes or attention on: fixate a faint object.
- transitive v. To command the attention of exclusively or repeatedly; preoccupy obsessively: "TV and newspapers were fixated on high-technology as the solution to almost everything” ( Jay Walljasper).
- transitive v. Psychology To attach (oneself) to a person or thing in an immature or neurotic fashion.
- transitive v. Psychology In classical psychoanalysis, to cause (the libido) to be arrested at an early stage of psychosexual development.
- intransitive v. To focus the eyes or attention.
- intransitive v. Psychology To become attached to a person or thing in an immature or pathological way; form a fixation.
- intransitive v. Psychology To be arrested at an early stage of psychosexual development.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make something fixed and stable; to fix.
- v. To stare fixedly at something.
- v. To attend to something to the exclusion of all others.
- v. To attach oneself to a person or thing in a pathological or neurotic manner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fix or render stable; fix or confine in one place, state, or condition.
- To determine or ascertain the position of: as, to fixate a star.
- To become fixed.
- In psychological and physiological optics, to direct the eyes upon; bring within the area of clearest vision.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. pay attention to exclusively and obsessively
- v. make fixed, stable or stationary
- v. attach (oneself) to a person or thing in a neurotic way
- v. become fixed (on)
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Mr. FEHRMAN: As a culture, we just kind of fixate on this idea of a writer who's alone and doing his work.
For the 'fixate' (dashed line with asterisks) encoding condition, the eccentricity was calculated as the mean eccentricity of the most peripheral dot of a sample pair of dots. doi: 10.1371/journal. pone.0009918.g003
The difference in decoded locations (separations) for the 'fixate' and 'saccade' trials are plotted in Theoretical neuronal populations response to a pair of dots.
Consecutive stages of 'fixate' and 'saccade' trials.
In the first condition the subjects had to keep fixating a central cross at the time of sample dots presentation that appeared 5 deg above the cross ( 'fixate' trials).
Contrary to that, in the 'fixate' condition, the eccentricity of the most peripheral dot differed from the sample distance.
If the word 'fixate' was displayed, the participants had to keep fixating at a subsequently presented central cross while the sample dots appeared 5 deg above on the monitor
For that purpose we manipulated the instructions to either 'fixate' a central cross during the sample presentation or to 'saccade' towards the appearing sample dots.
In the 'fixate' trials, however, there is no 1: 1 relation between sample dots 'eccentricity and the separation between them.
Ultimately, only the smallest separation in the 'fixate' condition was within the regime of the Weber's Law (ratio lower than 0.5), whereas the remaining conditions should be mainly influenced by the eccentricity of the furthest dot.
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