Development of chromatic and luminance detection contours using the sweep VEP

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This study measured the development of contrast-sweep VEP thresholds to a range of chromatic and luminance stimuli. Subjects were 14-32 week-old infants (n = 21) and three adults. Stimuli were 1 c/d sine gratings reversed at 5.6 Hz. Chromaticity was varied from the L-M axis to an achromatic axis. VEP thresholds when plotted in L- and M-cone contrasts showed that: (1) VEP thresholds did not consistently locate the psychophysical isoluminance match under the same stimulus conditions; (2) About 50% of the data were described by independent chromatic and luminance mechanism, however, thresholds were limited by the cone contrast of the stimulus, phase cancellation between visual mechanisms, and the proper sampling of thresholds in L- and M-cone contrast space and; (3) No significant changes occurred in VEP detection contours across ages but suprathreshold VEP amplitudes suggested complex developmental changes. Data from previous studies showed similar results. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.




Kelly, J. P., & Chang, S. (2000). Development of chromatic and luminance detection contours using the sweep VEP. Vision Research, 40(14), 1887–1905.

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