Spatial Vision (SPATIAL VISION)

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers

Journal description

Spatial Vision is a quarterly interdisciplinary journal which specifically encourages communication between researchers on all aspects of spatial vision, from mathematical modelling, through biophysics and the psychophysical analysis of visual processing, to the study of cognitive aspects of perception and computer vision. Spatial Vision publishes both theoretical and empirical papers, reviews of major topics in the field, invited articles by leading figures and, from time to time, issues on special topics.

Current impact factor: 1.04

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2011 Impact Factor 1.037
2010 Impact Factor 0.883
2009 Impact Factor 0.794
2008 Impact Factor 1.339
2007 Impact Factor 0.942
2006 Impact Factor 0.94
2005 Impact Factor 1.178
2004 Impact Factor 0.905
2003 Impact Factor 0.692
2002 Impact Factor 0.704
2001 Impact Factor 1.323
2000 Impact Factor 1.324
1999 Impact Factor 2.024
1998 Impact Factor 0.887

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 1.35
Cited half-life 0.00
Immediacy index 0.19
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.55
Website Spatial Vision website
Other titles Spatial vision (Online)
ISSN 0169-1015
OCLC 52322101
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

Brill Academic Publishers

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: In three texture segmentation experiments a target patch had to be detected. We studied the impact of a task-irrelevant patch in the backward mask on detection performance, and especially the modulating effects of its spatial distance to the target. It was assumed that the signals of the two texture irregularities interact as a function of their spatial distance. Experiment 1 revealed that the task-irrelevant patch impaired target detection only when the distance was small. In Experiments 2 and 3 with systematically varying distances, detection performance increased linearly with distance until a maximum point. If the task-irrelevant patch appeared outside of a critical distance, performance did not increase further with increasing distance. Our findings are discussed in terms of the biased competition account. It is proposed that the critical distance may correspond to the average receptive field size of a cortical area that is critical for target detection.
    Spatial Vision 12/2009; 22(6):511-27. DOI:10.1163/156856809789822998
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    ABSTRACT: Hammad et al.'s (2008) conclusions as to the basis of angle illusions on a picture's surface are not justified by their data, which cannot in principle differentiate between their proposal and the proposed alternatives.
    Spatial Vision 12/2009; 22(6):555-8. DOI:10.1163/156856809789822952
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    ABSTRACT: Attention modifies our visual experience by selecting certain aspects of a scene for further processing. It is therefore important to understand factors that govern the deployment of selective attention over the visual field. Both location and feature-specific mechanisms of attention have been identified and their modulatory effects can interact at a neural level (Treue and Martinez-Trujillo, 1999). The effects of spatial parameters on feature-based attentional modulation were examined for the feature dimensions of orientation, motion and color using three divided-attention tasks. Subjects performed concurrent discriminations of two briefly presented targets (Gabor patches) to the left and right of a central fixation point at eccentricities of +/-2.5 degrees , 5 degrees , 10 degrees and 15 degrees in the horizontal plane. Gabors were size-scaled to maintain consistent single-task performance across eccentricities. For all feature dimensions, the data show a linear increase in the attentional effects with target separation. In a control experiment, Gabors were presented on an isoeccentric viewing arc at 10 degrees and 15 degrees at the closest spatial separation (+/-2.5 degrees ) of the main experiment. Under these conditions, the effects of feature-based attentional effects were largely eliminated. Our results are consistent with the hypothesis that feature-based attention prioritizes the processing of attended features. Feature-based attentional mechanisms may have helped direct the attentional focus to the appropriate target locations at greater separations, whereas similar assistance may not have been necessary at closer target spacings. The results of the present study specify conditions under which dual-task performance benefits from sharing similar target features and may therefore help elucidate the processes by which feature-based attention operates.
    Spatial Vision 12/2009; 22(6):529-53. DOI:10.1163/156856809789822970
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    ABSTRACT: In three experiments, the rate of acquisition of information from a visual display was measured, using Sperling's method of backward masking (Sperling, 1963). Experiment I (which included a control for letter redundancy) showed that the rate of acquisition from an array of letters or words is determined not by the number of visual features or letters to be processed, but by the number of names into which they are to be encoded. In a second, control experiment, no effect was found on acquisition rate of restricting the letter ensemble-size. The third experiment showed that the time needed to identify words of the same frequency of occurrence was identical for words of three or six letters and of one or two syllables. The results are contrasted with those obtained in RT and comparison tasks. They are interpreted as evidence that (1) the backward masking paradigm provides a direct measure of word identification latency; (2) visually presented words are processed as wholes: that is, prior to word identification there is no intermediate stage of representation - not subject to backward masking - in units (e.g., syllables, spelling patterns) smaller than a complete word; (3) words are initially represented in an abstract lexical code, which does not reflect either visual or motor attributes of the word name.
    Spatial Vision 12/2009; 22(6):473-91. DOI:10.1163/156856809789822989
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    ABSTRACT: A striking effect of selective attention on perception of first- and second-order motion has been termed 'attention-induced motion blindness' or AMB (Sahraie et al., 2001). The AMB paradigm is based on a rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) task and causes a severe transient impairment of the detection of coherent motion in a random dot kinematogram (RDK). The effect crucially depends on irrelevant motion intervals (distractors) prior to the motion target. To account for this phenomenon, both psychophysical and electrophysiological studies point to the existence of a post-perceptual gate operated by attentional mechanisms that limits access to the encoded motion signals by higher cortical areas. Here, we report in a first experiment that the presentation of motion distractors reduces motion sensitivity (operationalised as motion coherence threshold) which is in line with the assumption of a temporal carry-over effect of distractor inhibition. In a second experiment, we show that the rate of recovery of AMB is independent of target salience. The results of the third experiment provide evidence against the assumption that AMB is due to a shift or expansion of the 'attentional spotlight'.
    Spatial Vision 12/2009; 22(6):493-509. DOI:10.1163/156856809789822961
  • Spatial Vision 09/2009; 22(5):357-9. DOI:10.1163/156856809789476092
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    ABSTRACT: One of the major difficulties in graph classification is the lack of mathematical structure in the space of graphs. The use of kernel machines allows us to overcome this fundamental limitation in an elegant manner by addressing the pattern recognition problem in an implicitly existing feature vector space instead of the original space of graphs. In this paper we propose three novel error-tolerant graph kernels -- a diffusion kernel, a convolution kernel, and a random walk kernel. The kernels are closely related to one of the most flexible graph matching methods, graph edit distance. Consequently, our kernels are applicable to virtually any kind of graph. They also show a high degree of robustness against various types of distortion. In an experimental evaluation involving the classification of line drawings, images, diatoms, fingerprints, and molecules, we demonstrate the superior performance of the proposed kernels in conjunction with support vector machines over a standard nearest-neighbor reference method and several other graph kernels including a standard random walk kernel.
    Spatial Vision 09/2009; 22(5):425-41. DOI:10.1163/156856809789476119
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    ABSTRACT: We deal with the analysis of eye movements made on natural movies in free-viewing conditions. Saccades are detected and used to label two classes of movie patches as attended and non-attended. Machine learning techniques are then used to determine how well the two classes can be separated, i.e., how predictable saccade targets are. Although very simple saliency measures are used and then averaged to obtain just one average value per scale, the two classes can be separated with an ROC score of around 0.7, which is higher than previously reported results. Moreover, predictability is analysed for different representations to obtain indirect evidence for the likelihood of a particular representation. It is shown that the predictability correlates with the local intrinsic dimension in a movie.
    Spatial Vision 09/2009; 22(5):397-408. DOI:10.1163/156856809789476065
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    ABSTRACT: We investigate the relation between the physical world and its mental representation in the 'cognitive map', and test if this representation is image-like and complies with the laws of Euclidean geometry. We have developed a new experimental technique using 'impossible' virtual environments (VE) to directly influence the representational development. Subjects explore a number of VEs -- some 'normal', others with severe violations of Euclidean metrics or planar topology. We check if these manipulated properties cause problems in navigation performance. A consistent VE should be easily represented mentally in a map-like fashion, while a VE with severe violations should prove difficult. Surprisingly, we found no substantial influence of the impossible VEs on navigation performance, and forced-choice tests showed little evidence that subjects were aware of manipulations. This suggests that the representation does not resemble a two-dimensional image-like map. Alternatives to consider are sensorimotor and graph-like representations.
    Spatial Vision 09/2009; 22(5):409-24. DOI:10.1163/156856809789476074
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    ABSTRACT: We consider the problem of spatial-temporal modeling of interactive image interpretation. The interactive process is composed of a sequential prediction step and a change detection step. Combining the two steps leads to a semi-automatic predictor that can be applied to a time-series, yields good predictions, and requests new human input when a change point is detected. The model can effectively capture changes of image features and gradually adapts to them. We propose an online framework that naturally addresses these problems in a unified manner. Our empirical study with a synthetic data set and a road tracking dataset demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed approach.
    Spatial Vision 09/2009; 22(5):455-72. DOI:10.1163/156856809789476137
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    ABSTRACT: It has been suggested that the deleterious effect of contrast reversal on visual recognition is unique to faces, not objects. Here we show from priming, supervised category learning, and generalization that there is no such thing as general invariance of recognition of non-face objects against contrast reversal and, likewise, changes in direction of illumination. However, when recognition varies with rendering conditions, invariance may be restored and effects of continuous learning may be reduced by providing prior object knowledge from active sensation. Our findings suggest that the degree of contrast invariance achieved reflects functional characteristics of object representations learned in a task-dependent fashion.
    Spatial Vision 09/2009; 22(5):383-96. DOI:10.1163/156856809789476128
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    ABSTRACT: It has been shown that isometric matching problems can be solved exactly in polynomial time, by means of a Junction Tree with small maximal clique size. Recently, an iterative algorithm was presented which converges to the same solution an order of magnitude faster. Here, we build on both of these ideas to produce an algorithm with the same asymptotic running time as the iterative solution, but which requires only a single iteration of belief propagation. Thus our algorithm is much faster in practice, while maintaining similar error rates.
    Spatial Vision 09/2009; 22(5):443-53. DOI:10.1163/156856809789476083
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    ABSTRACT: Contrast sensitivity for a Gabor target can be increased by a factor of two when identical patches are separated by about three wavelengths (lambda) and positioned collinearly (Polat and Sagi, 1993, 1994a, 1994b). The facilitation effect was found for a wide range of spatial frequencies but was tested with well-experienced observers. Since practice modifies the range of lateral interactions, in this study naive observers were tested in order to document the initial stage of collinear facilitation. Surprisingly, we found that facilitation is maximal for the high spatial frequencies and minimal for the low spatial frequencies. We also found that when experienced observers were tested, facilitation at the low spatial frequencies was evident, suggesting that the initially reduced facilitation was due to inefficient lateral interactions. We suggest that the absence of facilitation for low spatial frequencies is due to the slow propagation velocity of the remote input, resulting in a mismatch between the flanker's input and the target's integration time.
    Spatial Vision 02/2009; 22(2):179-93. DOI:10.1163/156856809787465609
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    ABSTRACT: Metacontrast masking is by no means a unitary phenomenon, as is evidenced in recent studies showing differences between masking of surface- and contour properties of target stimuli (Breitmeyer et al., 2006; Ishikawa et al., 2006). Optima of masking appear earlier for contour processing and feature-specific operations compared to the variety of brightness processing that shows up in area filling-in phenomena. The present study explored whether this rule of processing - contours first and area filling-in afterwards - will be sustained if target and mask are, respectively, a central and a peripheral part of a coherent or incoherent meaningful visual object. Observers were presented with gray-level targets (images of the central part of a visual object) that were masked by a following, spatially surrounding mask, which was a complementary part of that object. Consistently with earlier findings, it appeared that salient visibility of contours which belonged to the internal spatial area of the target part of the object was established earlier and the whole-surface brightness quality (i.e. gray level) later in the course of target microgenesis. The unexpected facilitative effect of within-object coherence on target visibility which appeared at longer stimuli onset asynchrony (SOA) between target and mask parts of the object and only with large target and mask supports either some bias effects or lateral facilitatory interaction between iso-oriented parts of target-mask configuration having long time constants. The absence of the effects of coherence and inversion of target-plus-mask composite with small stimuli does not support the reentrant, top-down accounts of object processing in the context of metacontrast interactions.
    Spatial Vision 02/2009; 22(2):127-46. DOI:10.1163/156856809787465645
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    ABSTRACT: Because of the great heterogeneity of subjects and styles, esthetic perception delineates a special and elusive field of research in vision, which represents an interesting challenge for cognitive science tools. With specific regard to the role of visual complexity, in this paper we present an experiment aimed to measure this dimension in a heterogeneous set of paintings. We compared perceived time complexity measures - based on a temporal estimation paradigm - with physical and statistical properties of the paintings, obtaining a strong correlation between psychological and computational results.
    Spatial Vision 02/2009; 22(3):195-209. DOI:10.1163/156856809788313138
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    ABSTRACT: While repetition of a feature (position) unrelated to a response is acknowledged to be facilitatory, there is disagreement on whether priming for response-defining feature or spatial position is facilitatory or inhibitory. To address this question, we used simple feature targets to analyze the interactions between facilitatory and inhibitory mechanisms associated to the repetition of features and position, for responses given either to the feature or to the position. We were able to reproduce the general facilitatory effect when a feature was repeated, and the inhibitory effect when it was changed, although these feature priming effects were always in interaction with repetition effects of spatial position. The most interesting finding, however, was that repetition of spatial position showed facilitation when non-response-defining, and inhibition when coincident with the response (response-defining); that is, repetition effects of spatial position are strictly dependent on the object of the motor response (a feature vs the position itself), whereas repetition priming for features is not, suggesting the involvement of a different mechanism and different neural substrate in the two cases. These effects interact, resulting in an ecologically plausible heuristic of visual discrimination that facilitates recently viewed features appearing in recently visited positions, but inhibits recently visited positions containing features recently associated with a distractor.
    Spatial Vision 02/2009; 22(4):325-38. DOI:10.1163/156856809788746318
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    ABSTRACT: This article describes the relationship between Art, as painting or sculpture, and a new theory of perceptual meaning, which builds on and now further develops the Gestalt principles. A key new idea in the theory is that higher-order groupings principles exist which, like the spatial grouping articulated by the principle of Prägnanz, helps to associate and combine stimuli, but which, unlike the Gestalt laws, can explain combinations of dissimilar as well as similar forms of visual information in a lawful manner. Similarities and dissimilarities are put together again by virtue of another and more global grouping factor that overcomes the dissimilarities of the components: it is some kind of meaning principle that perceptually solves the differences among whole and elements at a higher level, making them appear strongly linked just by virtue of the differences. In this way, similarities and dissimilarities complement and do not exclude each other. Such higher-order principles of grouping-by-meaning are articulated and illustrated using Art, from prehistoric to modern.
    Spatial Vision 02/2009; 22(3):225-72. DOI:10.1163/156856809788313147
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    ABSTRACT: Recent discussion regarding whether the noise that limits 2AFC discrimination performance is fixed or variable has focused either on describing experimental methods that presumably dissociate the effects of response mean and variance or on reanalyzing a published data set with the aim of determining how to solve the question through goodness-of-fit statistics. This paper illustrates that the question cannot be solved by fitting models to data and assessing goodness-of-fit because data on detection and discrimination performance can be indistinguishably fitted by models that assume either type of noise when each is coupled with a convenient form for the transducer function. Thus, success or failure at fitting a transducer model merely illustrates the capability (or lack thereof) of some particular combination of transducer function and variance function to account for the data, but it cannot disclose the nature of the noise. We also comment on some of the issues that have been raised in recent exchange on the topic, namely, the existence of additional constraints for the models, the presence of asymmetric asymptotes, the likelihood of history-dependent noise, and the potential of certain experimental methods to dissociate the effects of response mean and variance.
    Spatial Vision 02/2009; 22(4):273-300. DOI:10.1163/156856809788746309