Abstract

The visual psychometric function for luminance-increment detectability (d′) is known to be an accelerating function of stimulus energy. Two different models have been suggested to explain this fact and also why a luminance-increment pedestal linearizes the psychometric function. In the present experiment it is shown that a dichoptically presented increment linearizes the psychometric function and facilitates detection of weak signals. Since the dichoptic pedestal combines with the signal centrally, the nonlinearity must then originate more centrally. This result is compatible with the uncertainty model of the nonlinear psychometric function but not with a model that requires a nonlinear transducer.

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