Journal article

The effect of variability of background elements on the conspicuity of objects.

BL Cole, SE Jenkins

Vision Res | Published : 1984


The effect of complex backgrounds on target visibility was studied by asking observers to locate a disc target presented on a background of randomly arranged discs. A previous paper (Vision Res. 22, 1241-1252, 1982) explored the effect of increasing the density (numerosity) of the background elements when the elements were all the same size and luminance. In this investigation the size or the luminance of the background elements varied although mean size and mean luminance was held constant. Variability of the size of the background elements had a substantial effect on the size contrast necessary to detect the target. The data are well described by a contrast metric CT which assumes that obs..

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