Breitmeyer B G, 1975, "Predictions of U-shaped backward pattern masking from considerations of the spatio-temporal frequency response" Perception 4(3) 297 – 304
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Predictions of U-shaped backward pattern masking from considerations of the spatio-temporal frequency response
Bruno G Breitmeyer
Received 29 May 1975
Abstract. The threshold detectability of a briefly presented target stimulus consisting of a vertical sinusoidal grating was affected not only by the spatial frequency content of an equally briefly presented, two-octave-wide masking noise, but also by the time interval separating the onsets of the target and its mask. Over a range of stimulus onset asynchronies, in which the mask onset either preceded, coincided with, or followed the target onset, a mask with a low spatial frequency content had its greatest masking effect on a high spatial frequency target grating when the mask followed the target by 120 - 180 ms. When the mask had a high spatial frequency content and the target was of low spatial frequency, or when the target was entered on the mask frequency band, optimal masking effects occurred when the onsets of the mask and target coincided. The results are discussed in relation to previous masking studies, particuarly those in which U-shaped backward pattern masking functions are obtained.
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