Masking by uniform field flicker: some practical problems

D. R. Badcock, E. Sevdalis

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The technique of uniform field flicker (UFF) masking has frequently been used to address issues concerning the relative performance of sustained and transient neural channels in the human visual system. Unfortunately there has been an artifact in the implementation of this method in most published experiments which has meant that the contrast of the target has been flickered in synchrony with the mean luminance. A study is reported in which the artifact was corrected and the effects of UFF masking on the contrast sensitivity function then examined. With this correction, masking was still restricted to low spatial frequencies but it was much weaker than reported originally. It is argued that the original evidence suggesting that UFF masking can be used to examine the functioning of transient and sustained channels has not been interpreted correctly and that the basis for such a claim is weak.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-647
Number of pages7
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes


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