December 2007
Volume 7, Issue 15
OSA Fall Vision Meeting Abstract  |   December 2007
LCD Monitors in Vision Science
Author Affiliations
  • Tobias Elze
    Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzi
  • Thomas Tanner
    Max-Planck-Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany
  • Timm Lochmann
    Group for Neural Theory, Département d'Etude Cognitives, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
  • Michael Becker
    Display-Messtechnik & Systeme GmbH & Co. KG, Karlsruhe, Germany
Journal of Vision December 2007, Vol.7, 61. doi:
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      Tobias Elze, Thomas Tanner, Timm Lochmann, Michael Becker; LCD Monitors in Vision Science. Journal of Vision 2007;7(15):61.

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Flat liquid crystal display (LCD) panels are the dominating computer monitor technology today, but these devices have not yet been assessed for requirements of vision research. Most vision scientists avoid these devices for their experiments in favor of cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors the timing and color characteristics of which are well known for decades. On the other hand, the production of most CRT monitors lines has been discontinued. Based on systematic measurements of timing and color characteristics of eight LCD monitors, we analyze their temporal signals and color spaces with respect to the requirements of vision scientists. Temporal signals are shown to be fundamentally different from CRT signals and determined by more than one hardware parameter. Although LCD timing controllability is less flexible compared to CRT characteristics, such technologies as overdrive may allow visual experiments with high precision under certain conditions. Due to their wider luminance range LCDs provide a larger color gamut while violating certain assumptions which so far held for the calibration of CRT monitors. We give suggestions to experimenters for the applicability of LCD panels and expose possible pitfalls.

Elze, T. Tanner, T. Lochmann, T. Becker, M. (2007). LCD Monitors in Vision Science [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 7(15):61, 61a,, doi:10.1167/7.15.61. [CrossRef]

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