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The spatial and temporal properties of rod vision were measured for stimuli at and above the detection threshold in an achromat whose spectral sensitivity, dark adaptation, spatial and temporal thresholds and Stiles-Crawford effect suggest the presence of only a normally functioning rod system. The properties of rod and cone vision were compared at(More)
Threshold detection for sine-wave grating stimuli of varying spatial and temporal frequency was used to investigate the nature of spatial and temporal post-receptoral sensitivity in the typical, complete achromat. Threshold spatial and temporal sensitivities under low photopic conditions show no evidence of cone function. The abrupt fall-off in sensitivity(More)
Under most conditions, increasing the intensity of a flickering light makes the flicker more conspicuous. For a light flickering at 15 times per second, however, increasing the intensity can cause the flicker to disappear before reappearing again at higher intensities [Vision Res. 29, 1539 (1989)]. This flicker disappearance or null is also evident in human(More)
The incremental threshold of the isolated rod visual system is believed, under certain conditions, to obey Weber's law (that is, to increase in direct proportion to the intensity of the background). This relation was tested at several background wavelengths, over an intensity range for which the target was seen only by the rods. Although the slope on(More)
1. Detection thresholds for two-dimensional Gabor functions of varying spatial and temporal frequency were used to investigate the post-receptoral sensitivity across the retina of the typical and complete achromat. 2. Under photopic conditions there is no evidence for post-receptoral cone function at any retinal eccentricity investigated. Sensitivity(More)
In the human rod visual system, self-cancellation of flicker signals is observed at high rod intensity levels near 15 Hz, both perceptually and in the electroetinogram (ERG). This and other evidence suggests that two rod signals are transmitted through the human retina with different speeds of transmission. Here we report a series of flicker ERG recordings(More)
We investigated temporal summation of the rods in a complete achromat, who lacks cone vision. Critical duration (tc) was estimated both at the achromat's preferred area of fixation and at an area 12 deg laterally in the nasal visual field. Comparable tc determinations were made in a normal trichromat. At background luminances of 0.0 and 0.6 scot. td, where(More)
1. The factor by which increment threshold rises with increasing background intensity is less if the target is small than if it is large. The difference is usually attributed to a reduction in the area over which visual signals are integrated as the visual system light adapts. Recently, however, it has been argued that the difference in slope may instead be(More)
Under mesopic conditions the contrast sensitivity of the central visual field is reduced as the result of a non-linear interaction between rod- and cone-mediated signals, each of which is capable of higher sensitivity in isolation. The interaction is produced only when the rod-mediated system is driven at flicker rates above 6 Hz. This finding bears upon(More)
1. The anatomical nature of the retinal photoreceptors in a typical, complete achromat was investigated by measuring their directional sensitivity. 2. A small (0.5 deg), brief (94 ms) test flash was placed at threshold by varying either its intensity (indirect method) or the intensity of a large (5 deg) adapting field (direct method). The dependent variable(More)