November 2002
Volume 2, Issue 7
Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract  |   November 2002
Threshold recognition of phantom contour objects requires constant contrast velocity
Author Affiliations
  • David P. Crewther
    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Patricia M. Kiely
    La Trobe U., Australia
  • Sheila G. Crewther
    La Trobe U., Australia
Journal of Vision November 2002, Vol.2, 357. doi:
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      David P. Crewther, Patricia M. Kiely, Sheila G. Crewther; Threshold recognition of phantom contour objects requires constant contrast velocity. Journal of Vision 2002;2(7):357.

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The process of object recognition of phantom objects — with contours defined by rapid phase contrast flicker, was investigated under conditions of abrupt and ramped onset and offset. Nine subjects with normal or corrected-to-normal vision participated. Thresholds were determined for the discrimination of a phantom letter “E” of four orientations (the letters defined by imaginary edges between a texture of lighter random dots inside the E compared with a texure of darker dots outside the E). Contrast revedsal at 58.5Hz was performed. For abrupt onset/offset, threshold was almost independent of the duration of presentation time over a 10-fold range from 34 – 340 msec (Mean 1.98% ±0.16%). However, when the onset and offset were shaped by a triangular envelope, over the same range of stimulus durations, threshold contrast varied strictly linearly with stimulus duration in all subjects (Mean correlation coefficient r2 = 0.96 ± 0.01). For the longest stimulus durations, thresholds exceeding 60% static contrast obtained. The results suggest that the transient edge of neural responses to novel stimuli is highly critical for recognition and that a quantity “contrast velocity” (rate of change of threshold contrast with duration time, Mean = 2.21 ± 0.19 /sec) be defined as a threshold measure for object recognition under gradual presentation conditions.

Crewther, D. P., Kiely, P. M., Crewther, S. G.(2002). Threshold recognition of phantom contour objects requires constant contrast velocity [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 2( 7): 357, 357a,, doi:10.1167/2.7.357. [CrossRef]
 The authors acknowledge the receipt of a grant #A000937 from the ARC Australia.

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