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J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 1986 Aug;12(3):324-330. doi: 10.1037/0096-1523.12.3.324.

Spatial frequency differences can determine figure-ground organization.

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State U New York, Buffalo.


In three experiments we examined the influence of spatial frequency on perceptual organization. In each experiment a pattern was tested that was ambiguous in terms of figure and ground. In each experiment, the stimuli were 20 variations of the pattern, which were generated by filling the two regions of the pattern with horizontal sine wave gratings differing in spatial frequency. Five spatial frequencies were tested: 0.5, 1, 2, 4, and 8 cycles per degree. The response measure was the percentage of response time one of the regions was seen as the figure. This region was seen as the figure a higher percentage of the time in those stimuli where it contained the relatively higher spatial frequency sine wave grating compared with those stimuli where it contained the relatively lower spatial frequency sine wave grating.

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