Objective: Sensory gating has been reported to be either absent or weak in the cortical visual evoked potential (VEP) response to diffuse or spatially overlapping stimuli. In this study, the authors evaluated sensory gating to two spatially separated visual stimuli. Methods: Spatially separated stimuli were presented either singly or in combination at the same or different onset times and the VEP recorded at either Oz, or O1 and O2, referenced to Cz. Results: When one visual stimulus is flashed on, the VEP response to another non-overlapping stimulus is almost completely suppressed. Conclusions: The VEP does not reflect the bulk activation of retinotopically organized visual cortex, but rather it primarily reflects a distributed mode of visual cortical activity that only indicates that at least one visual stimulus was presented, and not how many or in what order. Significance: Other studies performing intracortical recordings of the local field potential (LFP) in visual cortex have identified a slow-distributed component that exhibits the same nonlinearity found here in the VEP, suggesting that these two phenomena are related. © 2010 International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology.