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Vision Res. 1990;30(9):1331-9.

Spatial-frequency discrimination of drifting gratings.

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Neurologische Universitätsklinik, Abt. Neurophysiologie, Freiburg, F.R.G.


Spatial-frequency discrimination thresholds were measured for briefly (300 msec) presented sinewave gratings having a contrast one logarithmic unit above detection threshold. The gratings were drifted at rates varying from 1.1 to 40 Hz. In a two-interval forced-choice paradigm thresholds were determined for vertically and obliquely oriented gratings. Three reference spatial frequencies (1, 4, 12 c/deg) were tested. For the 1 c/deg reference spatial frequency, spatial-frequency discrimination thresholds were constant over the wide range of drift rates used. For 4 and 12 c/deg reference gratings, discrimination thresholds were constant for drift frequencies up to 14 Hz. For drift frequencies beyond 14 Hz, spatial-frequency discrimination thresholds increased abruptly, rising from approx. 6% at 14 Hz to 25% at 40 Hz drift rate. Measurements with obliquely oriented gratings yielded comparable results. The increase in the spatial-frequency discrimination threshold for medium-high spatial frequencies and high temporal frequencies might reflect an increase in the spatial frequency bandwidth of the mechanisms sensitive to these stimulus frequencies.

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