Visual mechanisms of motion analysis and motion perception

Andrew M. Derrington*, Harriet A. Allen, Louise S. Delicato

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Psychophysical experiments on feature tracking suggest that most of our sensitivity to chromatic motion and to second-order motion depends on feature tracking. There is no reason to suppose that the visual system contains motion sensors dedicated to the analysis of second-order motion. Current psychophysical and physiological data indicate that local motion sensors are selective for orientation and spatial frequency but they do not eliminate any of the three main models - the Reichardt detector, the motion-energy filter, and gradient-based sensors. Both psychophysical and physiological data suggest that both broadly oriented and narrowly oriented motion sensors are important in the early analysis of motion in two dimensions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-205
Number of pages25
JournalAnnual Review of Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2004


  • Feature tracking
  • First-order motion
  • Psychophysics
  • Second-order motion
  • Third-order motion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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