Abstract

The tools of Fourier analysis can be used to explain visual phenomena of spatial brightness interaction, provided that attention is confined to small perturbations of spatially uniform fields. A perturbation approach is outlined here, and a transfer function is presented which is appropriate for small perturbations. The transfer function was obtained from human subjects with psychophysical methods, for the case of briefly flashed, achromatic fields at photopic levels of illumination. For the frequency range of 0.005 to 0.15 cycles per minute of arc, the transfer function is roughly proportional to spatial frequency, thus reflecting, in large part, nonoptical properties of the system. A simple mechanism of lateral inhibition could underlie this transfer function.

© 1968 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article
Related Articles
Detection of light and flicker at low luminance levels in the human peripheral visual system. I. Psychophysical experiments

Peter Zuidema, Walter Roest, Maarten A. Bouman, and Jan J. Koenderink
J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 1(7) 764-774 (1984)

Effect of eccentricity on spatial summation and acuity

Robert A. Smith and Peter F. Cass
J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 6(10) 1633-1639 (1989)

Contrast in complex images

Eli Peli
J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 7(10) 2032-2040 (1990)

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (10)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Tables (1)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article tables are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (7)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription