The spatial tuning function of the 8 Hz reversal Visual Evoked Potential (VEP) is frequently bimodal. This amplitude 'notch' largely disappears with 16 Hz pattern onset-offset (on-off) stimulation. To investigate the effect of temporal frequency on this phenomenon, we tested seven subjects using a range of rates centred on 8 Hz (reversal) and 16 Hz (on-off). With reversal, a deep notch was present at all temporal frequencies. A much shallower notch was evident with on-off. The on-off and reversal functions differed only in their low spatial frequency branches (below 4.5 c deg-1) where, as temporal frequency decreased, the reversal response was reduced by 50%, whilst the on-off responses doubled in amplitude. Thus, although they behave differently with on-off and reversal, multiple spatial frequency mechanisms are evident with both forms of stimulation. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd.
Parry, N. R. A., Murray, I. J., & Hadjizenonos, C. (1999). Spatio-temporal tuning of VEPs: Effect of mode of stimulation. Vision Research, 39(21), 3491–3497. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0042-6989(99)00098-X