Accession Number:

ADA162557

Title:

Perceived Contrast in the Fovea and Periphery,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

Subjects estimated the perceived contrast of 2 deg -diameter sine- wave grating patches for spatial frequencies of 2, 4, 8, and 16 cyclesdeg, at eccentricities from 0 deg to 40 deg and contrasts up to 0.8. The data were well fitted in all cases by power functions of contrasts minus threshold, with exponents of the order of 0.5 implying similar mechanisms in both fovea and periphery. The data also demonstrate that, at high physical constrast, the visual system is generally driven toward an operating state in which two stimuli of equal physical contrast, the visual system is generally driven toward an operating state in which two stimuli of equal physical constrast have equal perceived contrast even if the thresholds are quite different. As a consequence, peripheral perceived contrasts produced by high physical contrasts show almost no change with eccentricity, whereas thresholds increase by at least an order of magnitude. This implies that mechanisms mediating threshold detection and suprathreshold perception may be different.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE