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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2001
  • pp: 2414–2418

Contour interaction for an easily resolvable stimulus

Robert F. Hess, Cristyn B. Williams, and Asif Chaudhry  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 18, Issue 10, pp. 2414-2418 (2001)

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It is well known that adjacent contours can reduce the visual acuity of single letters. Although this has traditionally been considered only in terms of a neural-based interaction, it has recently been suggested that the information content in the stimulus may account for the interaction. Here we ask the question, “Do similar interference effects occur for the discrimination of low-contrast letters whose size is larger than that corresponding to the resolution limit?” If so, previous acuity-based interaction results may be of more general importance. We show that while there are interference effects of nearby contours, they are of a form different from that observed at the resolution limit. In particular, the contrast polarity of the nearby contour is unimportant, which in turn suggests that a physical explanation is inappropriate. Also, the discrimination of an easily resolvable, unflanked Landolt C target requires information over a much wider spatial-frequency range than its counterpart at the resolution limit.

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OCIS Codes
(330.1070) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision - acuity
(330.1800) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision - contrast sensitivity

Original Manuscript: October 2, 2000
Revised Manuscript: April 20, 2001
Manuscript Accepted: March 28, 2001
Published: October 1, 2001

Robert F. Hess, Cristyn B. Williams, and Asif Chaudhry, "Contour interaction for an easily resolvable stimulus," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 2414-2418 (2001)

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