Abstract

We examine the mechanism that subserves visual contour detection and particularly its tuning for the spatial frequency of contour components. We measured the detection of contours composed of Gabor micropatterns within a field of randomly oriented distractor elements. Distractors were randomly assigned one of two spatial frequencies, and elements lying along the contour alternated between these values. We report that the degree of tolerable spatial-frequency difference between successive contour elements is inversely proportional to the orientation difference between them. Spatial-frequency tuning (half-width at half-height) for straight contours is 1.3 octaves but, for contours with a 30° difference between successive elements, drops to 0.7 octaves. Integration of curved contours operates at a narrower bandwidth. Much orientation information in natural images arises from edges, and we propose that this narrowing of tuning is related to the reduction in interscale support that accompanies increasing edge curvature.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article

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 (11)

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 (2)

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 (5)

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

Metrics

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics 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