Contrast Dependence of Motion-onset and Pattern-reversal Evoked Potentials

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-205
Journal / PublicationVision Research
Volume35
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1995
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

This study deals with the effect of stimulus contrast, between 1.3% and 96%, on the visual evoked potentials (VEPs) for onset of motion and for pattern reversal of checkerboard stimuli. The VEPs for pattern reversal and for the onset of motion both contain an initial positive peak (P1; peak latency about 120 msec) followed by a later negative peak (N2; peak latency 160-200 msec). However the P1 peak dominates the pattern-reversal VEP when recorded from the midline occipital lead, where it is maximal, while the N2 peak is larger in the motion-onset VEP, especially when recorded from unipolar lateral occipital leads. Whereas the amplitude of the P1 peak in both the pattern-reversal VEP and the motion-onset VEP decreases with decreasing contrast (becoming undetectable at a contrast of about 2% for the motion-onset VEP), the amplitude of the N2 peak in both types of VEP does not vary significantly with contrast, above a contrast of 1.3%. The increase in peak latency with decreasing contrast is also more pronounced for the positive than the negative peaks of both types of VEP. Taking into account the high contrast sensitivity of the magnocellular system (thought to be involved in the processing of motion) compared with the parvocellular system (probably more concerned with the processing of form), our findings suggest that for both motion-onset and pattern-reversal VEPs the negative peak is attributable to the motion-processing magnocellular pathway and the positive peak to the form-processing parvocellular system. © 1994 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Research Area(s)

  • Contrast, Human, Magnocellular, Motion onset, Motion pathway, Parvocellular, Pattern reversal, Visual evoked potentials

Citation Format(s)

Contrast Dependence of Motion-onset and Pattern-reversal Evoked Potentials. / KUBOVÁ, Zuzana; KUBA, Miroslav; SPEKREIJSE, Henk et al.
In: Vision Research, Vol. 35, No. 2, 01.1995, p. 197-205.

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