Abstract

Although the visual evoked potential (VEP) for isoluminant stimuli has been characterized in terms of spatiochromatic parameters, temporal tuning along various chromatic directions has received less systematic attention. Additionally, there has been little categorical comparison of psychophysical appearance with VEP responses obtained for temporal variation of these patterns. At appropriate contrasts the VEP's for color axes (LM, S) show a robust and contrast-sensitive temporal tuning peak at 4 Hz. Contrast response functions at 4 Hz for the LM color axis are markedly nonmonotonic. However, there is a clear monotonicity with contrast for VEP latencies along these color axes. The anomalous behavior does not appear to be due to interactions between chromatic signals, to luminance artifact, or to rod intrusion. These anomalies in the temporal characteristics of the chromatic VEP may reflect interactions between chromatic responses and inherent cortical responsivity not linked to psychophysical behavior.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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