Abstract

We measured the apparent contrast and spatial frequency of a parafoveal Gabor signal located at the center of an array of Gabor signals as a function of both element density and the direction of contrast and spatial frequency of the surrounding elements. The target Gabor appeared lower in contrast and higher in spatial frequency when the elements were in close proximity, regardless of the direction of contrast and spatial frequency of the surrounding elements. Overall, the evidence suggests that the appearance of a parafoveal target is strongly affected by its visual context. These findings provide additional support for the existence of spatial interactions among neurons implicated in textural processing.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

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