Effects of contrast and size on orientation discrimination

  title={Effects of contrast and size on orientation discrimination},
  author={Isabelle Mareschal and Robert Shapley},
  journal={Vision Research},
Motivated by the recent physiological finding that a neuron's receptive field can increase in size by a factor of 2-4-fold at low contrast [Nat. Neurosci. 2 (1999) 733, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 96 (1999) 12073], we sought to examine whether a psychophysical task might reflect the contrast dependent changes in the size/structure of a receptive field. We postulate that since spatial summation is not contrast invariant, a task that relies on the spatial structure of a receptive field, such as… CONTINUE READING