Journal article

The effect of normal aging on closed contour shape discrimination

Allison M McKendrick, Anne E Weymouth, Josephine Battista

JOURNAL OF VISION | ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC | Published : 2010

Abstract

Our experiments explore whether contour processing of closed shapes is altered by healthy aging. Contour processing was measured using a closed contour (circle or ellipse) constructed of Gabor elements. The contour was presented either on a blank background or embedded in noise (identical Gabor elements of random orientation). Twenty-one older (age range: 61-80 years) and 21 younger (age range: 22-38 years) adults participated in three experiments: 1) the number of Gabors comprising the contour was fixed (10, 12 or 15) and the threshold aspect ratio required to discriminate the shape (circle versus ellipse) was measured; 2) orientation jitter was added to the Gabor elements comprising the co..

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