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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2000
  • pp: 1147–1159

Detection of incremental and decremental bars at different locations across Mach bands and related stimuli

G. Bruce Henning, Robert W. Millar, and N. Jeremy Hill  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 17, Issue 7, pp. 1147-1159 (2000)

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Two-alternative forced-choice procedures were used to measure the detectability of bright and dark bars at various locations across luminance patterns that produced Mach bands. Detection performance was significantly affected by both dark and bright Mach bands: poor detection performance was observed at locations near, but not in, the Mach bands; relatively good detection performance at locations within the Mach bands was caused by reliable changes in the width, depth, or symmetry of the bands produced by the signal bars. The changes were apparent with signals of lower luminance than that needed for detection in the plateau regions far from the bands, but, because the cues were not sufficiently reliable to allow errorless performance, unusually shaped psychometric functions were obtained.

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OCIS Codes
(330.4060) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision modeling
(330.5000) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision - patterns and recognition
(330.5510) Vision, color, and visual optics : Psychophysics

Original Manuscript: February 22, 2000
Manuscript Accepted: March 1, 2000
Published: July 1, 2000

G. Bruce Henning, Robert W. Millar, and N. Jeremy Hill, "Detection of incremental and decremental bars at different locations across Mach bands and related stimuli," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 17, 1147-1159 (2000)

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