Journal article

Contrast discrimination under task-induced mental load

Monireh Mahjoob, Andrew J Anderson

Vision Research | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2019


Task-induced mental load can potentially degrade visual performance, which could be important during tasks such as driving. In the natural world, most objects have visual contrasts that are supra-threshold, and so the ability to reliably distinguish the borders between these objects is related to contrast discrimination, rather than absolute contrast detection performance. This study investigated the effects of auditory task-induced mental load on contrast discrimination threshold across several spatial frequencies. Binocular contrast discrimination thresholds were measured in 14 participants at spatial frequencies of 0.25, 1, 4, 8, 14 cpd across pedestal contrast levels of 10, 16, 24, 38 an..

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