Perception of coherent motion, biological motion and form-from-motion under dim-light conditions

Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt Vision Research Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37240, USA.
Vision Research (Impact Factor: 2.38). 12/1999; 39(22):3721-7. DOI: 10.1016/S0042-6989(99)00084-X
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ABSTRACT Three experiments investigated several aspects of motion perception at high and low luminance levels. Detection of weak coherent motion in random dot cinematograms was unaffected by light level over a range of dot speeds. The ability to judge form from motion was, however, impaired at low light levels, as was the ability to discriminate normal from phase-scrambled biological motion sequences. The difficulty distinguishing differential motions may be explained by increased spatial pooling at low light levels.

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