Mollon JD, Astell S, Cavonius CR (1992) “A reduction in stimulus duration can improve wavelength discriminations mediated by short-wave cones.” Vision Res 32(4):745-55
Virtually all visual discriminations become less accurate when either the luminance or the duration of the stimulus is reduced. An exception is found for wavelength discriminations near 460 nm, where an increase in either luminance or duration can cause the threshold to rise. For flashes of 100 msec or less, the critical variable is the total energy of the flash (i.e. the product of retinal illuminance and flash duration), and wavelength discrimination is optimal at an intermediate value; higher stimulus energy causes discrimination to deteriorate. To explain these findings we suppose that discrimination in this region of the spectrum is mediated by a channel that draws opposed signals from the short-wavelength cones and from some combination of the middle- and long-wavelength cones, and that high stimulus energies cause saturation of this channel.
|Online links:||Available online from Elsevier Science|
|Publication type:||Journal Article|
|Publication status:||In print|
|Publication date:||1992 Apr|
|Record status:||PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE|