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Mei Ying Boon, Catherine M. Suttle, Bruce I. Henry, Stephen J. Dain; Dynamics of chromatic visual system processing differ in complexity between children and adults. Journal of Vision 2009;9(6):22. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/9.6.22.
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Measures of chromatic contrast sensitivity in children are lower than those of adults. This may be related to immaturities in signal processing at or near threshold. We have found that children's VEPs in response to low contrast supra-threshold chromatic stimuli are more intra-individually variable than those recorded from adults. Here, we report on linear and nonlinear analyses of chromatic VEPs recorded from children and adults. Two measures of signal-to-noise ratio are similar between the adults and children, suggesting that relatively high noise is unlikely to account for the poor clarity of negative and positive peak components in the children's VEPs. Nonlinear analysis indicates higher complexity of adults' than children's chromatic VEPs, at levels of chromatic contrast around and well above threshold.
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