The spatial grain of motion perception in human peripheral vision

Vision Res. 1996 Aug;36(15):2283-95. doi: 10.1016/0042-6989(95)00291-x.


Motion reversal effects (the apparent reversal of the direction of motion of a high frequency sinusoidal grating) have been attributed to aliasing by the cone mosaic [Coletta et al. (1990). Vision Research, 30, 1631-1648] and postreceptoral layers [Anderson & Hess (1990). Vision Research, 30, 1507-1515] in human observers. We present data and a new model which suggest that at least two sampling arrays of different densities affect direction discrimination out to 30 degrees eccentricity. The first sampling layer matches anatomical estimates of the cone density. The second sampling layer is too dense to be the parasol cells alone; midget ganglion cells certainly contribute to this task. This is further evidence that motion perception is not mediated exclusively by the magnocellular stream.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Discrimination, Psychological
  • Female
  • Fixation, Ocular
  • Humans
  • Mathematics
  • Models, Neurological
  • Motion Perception / physiology*
  • Psychometrics
  • Retinal Cone Photoreceptor Cells / physiology
  • Rotation
  • Space Perception / physiology*
  • Visual Fields*