Luminance Sensitivity and Contrast Detection

E. Kaplan

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After a brief description of why luminance and contrast are such important concepts in vision science, we shall survey the ways in which these two quantities are encoded and transmitted along the visual pathway from retina to cortex. We shall discuss briefly how these quantities interact in the visual system, what regulates our sensitivity to them, and finally describe some of the perceptual aspects of luminance and contrast sensitivities. The ways in which contrast sensitivity depends on spatial or temporal frequencies and on other aspects of the visual input are important and large topics, and will be described here only briefly.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVision II
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780123708809
StatePublished - 2008


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