Coherent motion perception fails at low contrast

Louise S. Delicato, Andrew M. Derrington

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Abstract

If the Fourier components of a moving plaid have similar temporal frequency, spatial frequency and contrast, coherent motion is perceived according to subjective judgements. We have devised a more objective method of determining the conditions required for coherent motion. Moving plaid stimuli were created with one stationary component. Plaids with a stationary component always have a single perceived direction of motion, which is determined by the presence or absence of coherent motion. In a temporal two-interval forced-choice paradigm we used a direction discrimination task to investigate the effect of varying the temporal and spatial characteristics of the Fourier components and pattern contrast on the probability of coherent motion perception. Agreement across observers regarding the conditions required for coherent motion was excellent using this more objective method. We find that patterns do not produce coherent motion when presented at contrast threshold, irrespective of how similar the Fourier components are. We also confirm that when the temporal frequency, spatial frequency and contrast of the gratings are sufficiently similar, observers report the direction of motion indicating coherent motion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2310-2320
Number of pages11
JournalVision Research
Volume45
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005

Keywords

  • Coherence
  • Contrast
  • Motion
  • Plaid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems

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