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ERIC Number: EJ931668
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
Temporal Frequency Modulates Reaction Time Responses to First-Order and Second-Order Motion
Hutchinson, Claire V.; Ledgeway, Tim
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v36 n5 p1325-1332 Oct 2010
This study investigated the effect of temporal frequency and modulation depth on reaction times for discriminating the direction of first-order (luminance-defined) and second-order (contrast-defined) motion, equated for visibility using equal multiples of direction-discrimination threshold. Results showed that reaction times were heavily influenced by temporal frequency, especially in the case of second-order motion. At 1 Hz, reaction times were faster for first-order compared with second-order motion. As temporal frequency increased, reaction times for first-order motion decreased slightly, but those for second-order motion decreased more rapidly. At 8 Hz, reaction times for second-order motion were, in many cases, faster than those for first-order motion. Reaction times decreased as stimulus modulation depth increased at approximately the same rate for both motion types. The findings demonstrate that behavioral response latencies to first-order and second-order motion are dependent on specific stimulus parameters and may, in some cases, be shorter in response to second-order compared with first-order motion. (Contains 2 footnotes, 1 table, and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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