Visual Psychophysics and Physiology

Visual Psychophysics and Physiology

A Volume Dedicated to Lorrin Riggs

1st Edition - January 28, 1978

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  • Editor: John Armington
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Visual Psychophysics and Physiology: A Volume Dedicated to Lorrin Riggs illustrates a particular approach to the study of vision. It also celebrates Lorrin Riggs' retirement from formal teaching duties. During his teaching career Riggs advised and directed about fifty doctoral and postdoctoral students, many of whom wrote the chapters that make up this volume. The book is organized into six parts. Part 1 explains the approach to the study of vision, thus providing the philosophical theme for the chapters that follow. Part 2 on physiological mechanisms presents examples of comparative and physiological investigations. Part 3 on sensitivity and adaptation examines new research that bears directly upon the classical problems of visual psychophysics. Here, there is an initial concern with measurement, visual sensitivity, scaling, and adaptation. Part 4 discusses research on color vision while Part 5 on acuity, contrast, and movement considers some of the factors that contribute to these perceptions. Part 6 deals with applications of visual science to other disciplines. Specific examples are given that link visual research with ophthalmology, child development, and the investigation of cognitive variables such as meaning, activation, and so forth.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication-Doris and Lorrin Riggs

    List of Contributors



    1. Light, Mind, and Matter

    Physiological Mechanisms

    2. Retinal Mechanisms of Color Vision

    3. Electrophysiological and Psychophysical Determinations of Temporal Integration in Turtle

    4. Visual Function in Amphibia: Some Unresolved Issues

    5. Color Vision in Goldfish: A Comparison of Psychophysical and Neurophysiological Findings

    6. Cone Pigment Regeneration in Frogs and Humans

    7. Some Comments on the Functional Significance of Centrifugal Fibers to the Vertebrate Retina

    8. Receptor Sensitivity and Pigment Migration to Ionizing Radiation and Light in the Noctuid Moth

    9. Visual Cells in the Pons of the Cat

    10. Properties of Cortical Inhibition in Directionally Selective Neurons: Some Neurophysiological Parallels to the Perception of Movement

    Sensitivity and Adaptation

    11. "Compression" of Retinal Responsivity: V-log/Functions and Increment Thresholds

    12. Psychophysical and Physiological Tests of Proposed Physiological Mechanisms of Light Adaptation

    13. Discriminability and Ratio Scaling

    14. Suppressive Interactions between Fused Patterns

    15. The Influence of Color on Binocular Rivalry

    Color Vision

    16. Ten Years of Research with the Minimally Distinct Border

    17. Increment Thresholds: Sensitization Produced by Hue Differences

    18. π-Mechanisms and Cone Fundamentals

    19. The Bezold-Brucke Effect and Its Complement, Hue Constancy

    20. The Stiles-Crawford II Effect at High Bleaching Levels

    21. VECP: Its Spectral Sensitivity

    22. Studies of Form-Contingent Color Aftereffects

    23. On Identifying Detectors

    Acuity, Contrast, and Movement

    24. A Discourse on Edges

    25. Contrast Sensitivity and Spatial Summation in Frog and Eel Retinal Ganglion Cells

    26. Subjective Contours, Visual Acuity, and Line Contrast

    27. Effects of Fixational Eye Movements on Contrast Sensitivity

    28. Saccadic Eye Movements and the Perception of a Clear and Continuous Visual World

    29. Potentials That Precede Small Saccades

    30. A Spatial Interference Effect with Stereoscopic Visual Acuity and the Tuning of Depth-Sensitive Channels

    31. Assessment of Visual Acuity in Infants

    32. Spatial Summation in Motion Perception

    33. Apparent Motion and the Motion Detector

    34. Visual Sensitivity to Moving Stimuli: Data and Theory

    Applied Topics

    35. Effect of the Aberrations of the Eye on Visual Perception

    36. Patterned Elicited ERGs and VECPs in Amblyopia and Infant Vision

    37. Visually Evoked Cortical Potentials in Children with Hereditary Macular Degenerations

    38. On the Road to Specific Information in Evoked Potentials

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 506
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1978
  • Published: January 28, 1978
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323147781

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