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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2012
  • pp: A188–A193

Lateral suppression of mesopic rod and cone flicker detection

Dingcai Cao and Yolanda H. Lu  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 29, Issue 2, pp. A188-A193 (2012)

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This study investigated the mechanisms of flicker detection suppression by measuring mesopic rod and cone critical flicker frequencies (CFFs) at different center and surround illuminance levels. Stimuli were generated with a four-primary photostimulator that provided independent control of rod and cone excitations. The results showed that dim surrounds 0.2Td suppressed cone-mediated CFFs at 20Td but not rod-mediated CFFs. These results can be understood in terms of peak amplitudes of photoreceptor impulse response functions under different stimulation conditions.

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OCIS Codes
(330.0330) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision, color, and visual optics
(330.4060) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision modeling
(330.4300) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision system - noninvasive assessment
(330.6790) Vision, color, and visual optics : Temporal discrimination

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Mesopic and peripheral color vision

Original Manuscript: August 25, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 5, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 5, 2011
Published: January 26, 2012

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Dingcai Cao and Yolanda H. Lu, "Lateral suppression of mesopic rod and cone flicker detection," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 29, A188-A193 (2012)

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