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Strong influence of test patterns on the perception of motion aftereffect and position.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15330707     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In a completely linear system, the behavior of a square wave pattern can be predicted by its sinusoidal components. However, we observed a complete breakdown of the linear system prediction in the perception of the motion aftereffect (MAE). The duration of the MAE was measured following a one-minute adaptation to a rotating radial grating. Three different luminance patterns were used for both the adaptation and test stimulus: (1) sine wave, (2) square wave, and (3) complex grating with the same Fourier amplitude spectrum as the square wave, but with randomized phases. The sine wave stimulus generated the highest magnitude MAE, followed by the random-phase complex grating, and lastly the square wave grating. To test whether the square wave grating is a weak adaptor or a weak test for the MAE, we performed a cross adaptation experiment in which the sine wave, square wave, and complex gratings were paired in seven ways. Results show that the strength of the MAE critically depended on the test pattern. Regardless of the adaptor, MAE strength is in a decreasing order with the test pattern as sine wave grating, complex grating, and square wave grating. Further experiments ruled out the possibility that differential MAEs between these conditions are due to different peak contrasts in these patterns. Additionally, the MAE from a square wave grating as the test pattern is not accompanied by a significant concurrent shift in the apparent position. Linear system theory cannot predict the magnitude of the MAE using complex gratings. The spatial features of a test stimulus, such as position reliability or luminance uniformity, strongly influence the magnitude of MAE. Sharp edges and local luminance uniformity can greatly reduce MAE.
Fang Fang; Sheng He
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.     Date:  2004-08-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of vision     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1534-7362     ISO Abbreviation:  J Vis     Publication Date:  2004 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-08-27     Completed Date:  2004-09-09     Revised Date:  2008-04-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101147197     Medline TA:  J Vis     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  637-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Ocular / physiology
Afterimage / physiology*
Motion Perception / physiology*
Pattern Recognition, Visual / physiology*
Grant Support
R01 EY015261-01/EY/NEI NIH HHS

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