Apparent movement and metacontrast suppression: A decisional analysis

Sebastiano A. Fisicaro, Ira H. Bernstein, Peter Narkiewicz

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Three test and three mask energies were varied orthogonally and randomly over trials. The stimulus onset asynchrony (ISOA) separating test and mask was varied between trial blocks within each of two display conditions, apparent movement (two-object) and metacontrast (threeobject). Subjects were required to make brightness judgments of both test and mask energies by responding "bright," "medium," or "dim" with respect to the apparent intensity of each stimulus. The accuracy and the coherence lconsistencyt of test judgments were U-shaped functions of SOA for both apparent movement and metacontrast situations. However, the accuracy and the coherence of mask judgments did not vary with SOA for either apparent movement or metacontrast. It was noted that substantially the same results have been reported previously when subjects were required to make contour judgments. Hence, it is argued that apparent movement and metacontrast suppression are intimately related.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-525
Number of pages9
JournalPerception & Psychophysics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems
  • General Psychology


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