Greenlee, Mark W. and Gerling, J. and Waltenspiel, S.
Spatial-frequency discrimination of drifting gratings.
Vision Research 30 (9), pp. 1331-1339.
Spatial-frequency discrimination thresholds were measured for briefly (300 msec) presented sinewave gratings having a contrast one logarithmic unit above detection threshold. The gratings were drifted at rates varying from 1.1 to 40 Hz. In a two-interval forced-choice paradigm thresholds were determined for vertically and obliquely oriented gratings. Three reference spatial frequencies (1, 4, 12 c/deg) were tested. For the 1 c/deg reference spatial frequency, spatial-frequency discrimination thresholds were constant over the wide range of drift rates used. For 4 and 12 c/deg reference gratings, discrimination thresholds were constant for drift frequencies up to 14 Hz. For drift frequencies beyond 14 Hz, spatial-frequency discrimination thresholds increased abruptly, rising from approx. 6% at 14 Hz to 25% at 40 Hz drift rate. Measurements with obliquely oriented gratings yielded comparable results. The increase in the spatial-frequency discrimination threshold for medium-high spatial frequencies and high temporal frequencies might reflect an increase in the spatial frequency bandwidth of the mechanisms sensitive to these stimulus frequencies.