Abstract

The effects of spatial-frequency adaptation on spatial-probability summation were investigated by two techniques: the measurement of the dependence of cosine grating sensitivity on the number of cycles presented and the determination of the frequency-of-seeing curve for a cosine grating. Both measurements indicate that the contribution of spatial-probability summation to adapted grating thresholds is reduced in comparison with unadapted conditions. This reduction in the effects of spatial-probability summation, together with the decrease in local sensitivity, which depends on the spatial inhomogeneity of the visual system, is sufficient to account for the threshold elevation aftereffect measured when adapting and testing with cosine gratings.

© 1983 Optical Society of America

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