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Effects of spatial-frequency specific adaptation and target duration on visual persistence.

Abstract

Two experiments investigated the properties of visual persistence as functions of spatial frequency, stimulus duration, and pattern-specific adaptation. In Experiment 1, increasing the duration of high spatial-frequency gratings from 50 to 500 msec decreased the duration of visual persistence produced by that grating to an asymptotic level. However, low-frequency gratings produced a constant estimate of visual persistence independent of presentation time. Also, spatial-frequency specific adaptation reduced the persistence of the high-frequency gratings to this asymptotic level, but the lower frequency persistence estimates already at this level were unaffected (Experiment 2). These findings are related to possible temporal properties of the sustained and transient visual systems.

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