Test stimulus characteristics determine the perceived speed of the dynamic motion aftereffect

William Curran, Christopher P. Benton

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Abstract

Using a speed-matching task, we measured the speed tuning of the dynamic motion aftereffect (MAE). The results of our first experiment, in which we co-varied dot speed in the adaptation and test stimuli, revealed a speed tuning function. We sought to tease apart what contribution, if any, the test stimulus makes towards the observed speed tuning. This was examined by independently manipulating dot speed in the adaptation and test stimuli, and measuring the effect this had on the perceived speed of the dynamic MAE. The results revealed that the speed tuning of the dynamic MAE is determined, not by the speed of the adaptation stimulus, but by the local motion characteristics of the dynamic test stimulus. The role of the test stimulus in determining the perceived speed of the dynamic MAE was confirmed by showing that, if one uses a test stimulus containing two sources of local speed information, observers report seeing a transparent MAE; this is despite the fact that adaptation is induced using a single-speed stimulus. Thus while the adaptation stimulus necessarily determines perceived direction of the dynamic MAE, its perceived speed is determined by the test stimulus. This dissociation of speed and direction supports the notion that the processing of these two visual attributes may be partially independent. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3284-3290
Number of pages7
JournalVision Research
Volume46
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006

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