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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Curvature coding is tuned for motion direction
Author(s): Gheorghiu, Elena
Kingdom, Frederick A A
Varshney, Rickul
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Keywords: motion
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Date Deposited: 25-Jun-2014
Citation: Gheorghiu E, Kingdom FAA & Varshney R (2010) Curvature coding is tuned for motion direction. Journal of Vision, 10 (3), Art. No.: 18.
Abstract: We have investigated the global and local motion tuning properties of curvature coding mechanisms using two shape after-effects believed to be mediated by curvature-sensitive mechanisms: the shape-frequency after-effect, or SFAE, and the shape-amplitude after-effect, or SAAE. The SFAE and SAAE are the phenomena in which adaptation to a sine-wave-shaped contour causes a shift in respectively the apparent shape-frequency and apparent shape-amplitude of a test contour in a direction away from that of the adapting stimulus. In the global motion condition the sinusoidal-shaped contours were made to drift within a fixed stimulus window in the direction of their axis of modulation. In the local motion condition the contour was constructed from a string of Gabors, and their carriers but not envelopes moved. We investigated selectivity to motion direction by using adaptor and test contours that moved either in the same or opposite directions. We found that in the global motion condition both the SFAE and SAAE showed selectivity to motion direction, and that for the same-motion-direction condition, both after-effects increased with shape temporal frequency. We then examined the effect of luminance spatial frequency and luminance temporal frequency on global motion direction selectivity. Luminance temporal frequency accounted for some of the increase in after-effect magnitude with shape temporal frequency, but shape temporal frequency also contributed. The local motion after-effects on the other hand were neither selective to motion direction nor increased with luminance temporal frequency. Taken together, the results are best understood by supposing that curvature is encoded by mechanisms that are selective to motion direction and that the directional selectivity best manifests itself psychophysically when there is sufficient spatio-temporal coverage of the stimulus to stimulate the full array of potentially responsive curvature-coding mechanisms.
DOI Link: 10.1167/10.3.18
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