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  • Vol. 69, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1979
  • pp: 1727–1730

Rod-cone interrelationships at light onset and offset

Thomas E. Frumkes and Gay R. Holstein  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 69, Issue 12, pp. 1727-1730 (1979)

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The spatial constraints needed to obtain rod-cone interaction under steady adaptation levels apply to transient conditions of adaptation. The influence of cones upon rod threshold, however, is qualitatively different at light onset as opposed to light offset.

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Thomas E. Frumkes and Gay R. Holstein, "Rod-cone interrelationships at light onset and offset," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 69, 1727-1730 (1979)

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