Journal article

Multiple processes mediate flicker sensitivity

AJ Anderson, AJ Vingrys

VISION RESEARCH | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2001

Abstract

By systematically manipulating the luminance of a flickering spot and the area immediately surrounding it, we investigated why thresholds from flickering stimuli that cause a change in average luminance are elevated relative to those from stimuli with no luminance change. Threshold elevation resulted from local light adaptation and from temporal-frequency-specific interactions between the spot and its surround: at low frequencies, the contrast between the spot and the surround elevated thresholds, whereas at high frequencies, dark adaptation within the surround elevated thresholds. Our findings suggest that two common ways of determining temporal sensitivity may give markedly different outco..

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