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Theory of chromatic noise masking applied to testing linearity of S-cone detection mechanisms

Franco Giulianini and Rhea T. Eskew, Jr.  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 24, Issue 9, pp. 2604-2621 (2007)

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A method for testing the linearity of cone combination of chromatic detection mechanisms is applied to S-cone detection. This approach uses the concept of mechanism noise, the noise as seen by a postreceptoral neural mechanism, to represent the effects of superposing chromatic noise components in elevating thresholds and leads to a parameter-free prediction for a linear mechanism. The method also provides a test for the presence of multiple linear detectors and off-axis looking. No evidence for multiple linear mechanisms was found when using either S-cone increment or decrement tests. The results for both S-cone test polarities demonstrate that these mechanisms combine their cone inputs nonlinearly.

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OCIS Codes
(330.1720) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color vision
(330.4060) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision modeling
(330.5510) Vision, color, and visual optics : Psychophysics

ToC Category:
Vision, color, and visual optics

Original Manuscript: July 28, 2006
Revised Manuscript: April 5, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: April 7, 2007
Published: July 25, 2007

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Vol. 2, Iss. 10 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Franco Giulianini and Rhea T. Eskew, Jr., "Theory of chromatic noise masking applied to testing linearity of S-cone detection mechanisms," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 24, 2604-2621 (2007)

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