Thompson P, Travis D, 1989, "Making Mayhew and Frisby effortlessly discriminable" Perception 18(2) 231 – 235
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Making Mayhew and Frisby effortlessly discriminable
Peter Thompson, David Travis
Received 19 April 1988, in revised form 6 February 1989
Abstract. Mayhew and Frisby (1978) demonstrated that patterns which differ markedly in their spatial-frequency content may be very hard to discriminate. This they took as evidence against any model which proposes that the processes underlying texture discrimination have direct access to some local piecewise Fourier analysis of the patterns performed by spatial-frequency channels. It is shown that Mayhew and Frisby's patterns can be discriminated easily if their components have been incorporated into a pattern-contingent colour aftereffect. This demonstration suggests that the location in the visual pathway for contingent aftereffect adaptation must lie before the construction of the raw primal sketch, to which, according to Marr, we have conscious access. This location must also allow the orientation specificity seen in the aftereffect. This points to a locus in the striate cortex.
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