1982 volume 11(3) pages 337 – 346
doi:10.1068/p110337

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Piotrowski L N, Campbell F W, 1982, "A demonstration of the visual importance and flexibility of spatial-frequency amplitude and phase" Perception 11(3) 337 – 346

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A demonstration of the visual importance and flexibility of spatial-frequency amplitude and phase

Leon N Piotrowski, Fergus W Campbell

Received 23 December 1981

Abstract. To establish how little information the human visual system requires for recognition, common objects were digitally manipulated in the Fourier domain. The results demonstrate that it is not only possible, but also quite efficient, for a (biological) visual system to exist with very few phase relationships among the component spatial frequencies of the (retinal) image. A visual example is then presented which illustrates how certain phase relationships can hinder, or completely eliminate, the recognition of visual scenes.

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