Szonya Durant

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It has been shown that a moving visual pattern can influence the perceived position of outlying, briefly flashed objects. Using a rotating bar as an inducing stimulus we observed a shift, in the direction of motion, of the perceived position of small bars flashed together on either side of the moving bar. The greatest shift occurred when the 13 ms flashes(More)
In timing perception studies, the timing of one event is usually manipulated relative to another, and participants are asked to judge if the two events were synchronous, or to judge which of the two events occurred first. Responses are analyzed to determine a measure of central tendency, which is taken as an estimate of the timing at which the two events(More)
Contextual effects abound in vision. The tilt illusion (TI) is an example-a tilted surrounding annulus causes a vertical central pattern to appear rotated away from the surround. We investigate the dynamics of this effect by presenting components of the stimulus asynchronously. At equal contrast, the largest illusion occurs when centre and surround are(More)
Motion transparency, in which patterns of moving elements group together to give the impression of lacy overlapping surfaces, provides an important challenge to models of motion perception. It has been suggested that we perceive transparent motion when the shape of the velocity histogram of the stimulus is bimodal. To investigate this further, random-dot(More)
The tendency for briefly flashed stimuli to appear to lag behind the spatial position of physically aligned moving stimuli is known as the flash-lag effect. Possibly the simplest explanation for this phenomenon is that transient stimuli are processed more slowly than moving stimuli. We tested this proposal using a task based upon the simultaneous tilt(More)
When cat V1/V2 cells are adapted to contrast at their optimal orientation, a reduction in gain and/or a shift in the contrast response function is found. We investigated how these factors combine at the population level to affect the accuracy for detecting variations in contrast. Using the contrast response function parameters from a physiologically(More)
Motion-defined contours are ecologically important cues to object boundaries in complex fields of optic flow. We designed a novel stimulus in which the velocities of randomly positioned dots are defined by a 2D Gabor function, resulting in a motion-defined pattern with a clear orientation. We found that the number of correct responses in a(More)
Optic flow motion patterns can be a rich source of information about our own movement and about the structure of the environment we are moving in. We investigate the information available to the brain under real operating conditions by analyzing video sequences generated by physically moving a camera through various typical human environments. We consider(More)
Pure alexia is an acquired reading disorder, typically due to a left occipito-temporal lesion affecting the Visual Word Form Area (VWFA). It is unclear whether the VWFA acts as a unique bottleneck for reading, or whether alternative routes are available for recovery. Here, we address this issue through the single-case longitudinal study of a neuroscientist(More)
Detecting discontinuities in motion signal distributions is an essential operation of visual systems, contributing to perception and visuo-motor control. Discontinuities can be signalled by a difference in speed, direction or both. We measured how localisation accuracy for a motion defined contour depends on the velocity differences that define it. A(More)