Motion sharpening: evidence for the addition of high spatial frequencies to the effective neural image


The perceived blur of drifting sinusoidal gratings was compared to that of static, blurred "square wave" gratings before and after adaptation to a missing fundamental ({MF)} pattern. The results indicate that the perceived blur of a drifting sine grating is inversely related to its drift speed. However, after adaptation to a {MF} pattern, this effect is reduced. The adaptation effect is most profound for low contrast gratings. The results provide tentative evidence for a non-linear stage in motion processing which serves to introduce higher frequencies into the neural image which are not present in the original signal.