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Temporal characteristics of line orientation identification

Zlatkova, Margarita, Vassilev, A and Mitov, D (2000) Temporal characteristics of line orientation identification. PERCEPTION &PSYCHOPHYSICS, 62 (5). pp. 1008-1018. [Journal article]

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The hypothesis that identification of line orientation is based on different mechanisms-a detector mechanism at large orientation differences and a computational one at small orientation differences-was tested in three experiments. The first two experiments compared reaction time and time of complete temporal summation (t(c)) in two tasks, line detection and line orientation identification. Identification at orientation differences 15 degrees or more was similar to detection in several respects, suggesting that it was accomplished according to the principle of ``labeled lines.'' In agreement with the initial hypothesis, identification at differences smaller than 15 degrees had a slower time course and could not be explained by the ``labeled lines'' principle. Experiment 3 explored the orientation acuity as a function of exposure duration and stimulus energy. Energy could not completely substitute for time in providing high orientation acuity, a result suggesting the involvement of neurophysiological mechanisms of large time constants.

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
ID Code:3961
Deposited By: Dr Margarita Vidinova
Deposited On:22 Mar 2010 10:17
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