Measurement of the texture-coherence limit for bandpass arrays

Perception. 1998;27(6):711-28. doi: 10.1068/p270711.


Casual observation suggests that when the elements of a visual array are packed at a sufficiently high density they cohere to generate the percept of a texture. This 'texture-coherence limit' has been quantified by using arrays composed of Gabor functions, sixth Gaussian derivatives, or differences of Gaussians. In all cases the texture-coherence limit was a power-law function of the size of the elements as quantified by their space constants with an exponent averaging 0.7. Furthermore, the texture-coherence limit was independent of both element spatial frequency and contrast over a considerable range. A quantitative fit to the data is provided by a model in which the texture-coherence limit is determined by activation of complex cells, which pool a spatial range of subunit inputs, throughout the stimulus region. Possible extensions to two dimensions are considered.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lighting
  • Models, Neurological
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual*
  • Photic Stimulation / methods
  • Visual Fields