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Baker, Daniel H. and Graf, Erich W. (2010). Contextual effects in speed perception may occur at an early stage of processing. Vision research, 50 (2), pp. 193-201.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.visres.2009.11.011

Abstract

How does nearby motion affect the perceived speed of a target region? When a central drifting Gabor patch is surrounded by translating noise, its speed can be misperceived over a fourfold range. Typically, when a surround moves in the same direction, perceived centre speed is reduced; for opposite-direction surrounds it increases. Measuring this illusion for a variety of surround properties reveals that the motion context effects are a saturating function of surround speed (Experiment I) and contrast (Experiment II). Our analyses indicate that the effects are consistent with a subtractive process, rather than with speed being averaged over area. In Experiment III we exploit known properties of the motion system to ask where these surround effects impact. Using 2D plaid stimuli, we find that surround-induced shifts in perceived speed of one plaid component produce substantial shifts in perceived plaid direction. This indicates that surrounds exert their influence early in processing, before pattern motion direction is computed. These findings relate to ongoing investigations of surround suppression for direction discrimination, and are consistent with single-cell findings of direction-tuned suppressive and facilitatory interactions in primary visual cortex (V1).

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Vision Research. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Baker, Daniel H. and Graf, Erich W (2010). Contextual effects in speed perception may occur at an early stage of processing. Vision Research, 50 (2), pp. 193-201. DOI 10.1016/j.visres.2009.11.011
Uncontrolled Keywords:speed perception, surround suppression, facilitation, plaid, Ophthalmology, Sensory Systems
Divisions:Schools_of_Study > Life & Health Sciences > Optometry (LHS)
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ID Code:7969
Deposited By:Daniel Baker
Deposited On:24 Feb 2010 11:34
Last Modified:21 Nov 2014 08:08

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