Shifts in the perceived location of a blurred edge increase with contrast {II}

Citation:

Bex PJ, Edgar GK. Shifts in the perceived location of a blurred edge increase with contrast {II}. Perception & Psychophysics [Internet]. 1996;58:31–3.

Abstract:

Perceived brightness is nonlinearly related to luminance. Consequently, any mechanism operating on the (transformed) luminance profile of a blurred edge to detect its location should make errors, and the magnitude of these errors should increase with contrast. The perceived location of a blurred edge was measured at a range of contrasts and a range of blur space constants in a vernier alignment task. It was found that the perceived location of a blurred edge was affected by the contrast and the blur space constant of the edge. At low contrasts, the apparent location of the blurred edge was near the calculated location of the edge, assuming the linear transduction of luminance. At higher contrasts, the perceived location of a blurred edge was shifted toward the dark side of the edge, and the shift increased with contrast.

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