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The contrast sensitivity function for detection and resolution of blue-on-yellow gratings in foveal and peripheral vision

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Anderson, Roger, Vidinova, Margarita and Beirne, Raymond (2002) The contrast sensitivity function for detection and resolution of blue-on-yellow gratings in foveal and peripheral vision. OPHTHALMIC AND PHYSIOLOGICAL OPTICS, 22 (5). pp. 420-426. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1046/j.1475-1313.2002.00068.x


Previous studies using polychromatic gratings have shown that the peripheral grating contrast sensitivity function is significantly different when the task is resolution rather than detection. Specifically, in the middle frequency range, while resolution acuity drops suddenly to zero, detection performance continues up to much higher frequencies, accompanied by observations of aliasing. We wanted to determine if the same holds true for blue-cone isolating gratings in either foveal or peripheral vision. Contrast sensitivity function (CSFs) were measured at the fovea and 20 degrees eccentricity in the temporal retina under conditions of short-wavelength-sensitive (SWS)-cone pathway isolation using a two-alternative forced choice paradigm. The detection and resolution CSF were identical at the low frequency end but at higher frequencies resolution sensitivity falls abruptly while contrast detection remained possible till higher frequencies [cut-off frequencies: fovea detection 6.0 cyc/deg, resolution 4.6 cyc/deg; periphery detection 1.6 cyc/deg, resolution 1.05 cyc/deg]. Aliasing was observable when spatial frequency exceeded the resolution limit. Medium/high contrast blue-cone-mediated resolution acuity is sampling limited in both the fovea and periphery. Previous studies of blue-cone contrast sensitivity which employed a detection task do not reflect the true resolution limit.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Vision
ID Code:2322
Deposited By:Dr Raymond Beirne
Deposited On:30 Nov 2009 09:42
Last Modified:04 Aug 2011 09:41

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