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Title: Temporal frequency modulates reaction time responses to first-order and second-order motion.
Authors: Hutchinson, CV
Ledgeway, T
First Published: Oct-2010
Citation: J EXP PSYCHOL HUM PERCEPT PERFORM, 2010, 36 (5), pp. 1325-1332
Abstract: 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.
DOI Link: 10.1037/a0019250
eISSN: 1939-1277
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Psychology

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