Effects of stimulus intensity on the sizes of chromatic perceptive fields

Lucy J. Troup, Michael A. Pitts, Vicki J. Volbrecht, Janice L. Nerger

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The effects of intensity on chromatic perceptive field size were investigated along the horizontal meridian at 10° temporal eccentricity by manipulating stimulus intensity from 0.3 to 3.3 log trolands. Following light adaptation, observers described the hue and saturation of monochromatic stimuli (440–660 nm, in 10 nm steps) for a series of test sizes (0.098–3°) presented along the time period associated with the cone plateau of the dark-adaptation function. Perceptive field sizes of the four elemental hues (red, green, yellow, and blue) and the saturation component were estimated by three observers at each intensity level for each wavelength. In general, perceptive field sizes of blue and red are the smallest, and yellow and green are the largest. Furthermore, perceptive field sizes of all four hues decrease with increasing stimulus intensity, though the absolute change is largest for green and yellow. The decrease in size with increase in intensity cannot be completely explained in terms of saturation or rod signals and is likely, then, attributable to a cone-based mechanism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2137-2142
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America A
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


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