Technique to investigate the temporal phase shift between L- and M-cone inputs to the luminance mechanism

Sei Ichi Tsujimura, Satoshi Shioiri, Yuzo Hirai, Hirohisa Yaguchi

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We describe a technique to estimate the intrinsic phase shift between long-wavelength-cone (L-cone) and middle-wavelength-cone (M-cone) signals in the luminance mechanism with minimal contamination by chromatic mechanism(s). The technique can also estimate, simultaneously with the phase shift, the weight ratio of L and M cones for the luminance mechanism. We measured motion identification thresholds for a 1.0 cycle/deg, 12.0-Hz sinusoidal grating representing different vector directions in L- and M-cone contrast space. The physical phase of the L- and M-cone signals was varied over a broad range between 2150 deg and 1150 deg to investigate the effect on the threshold contours. The slope of the threshold contour in cone contrast space varied as a function of the physical phase. Estimates of the intrinsic phase shift between L and M cones are based on the change in slope of the threshold contour. The estimates are consistent with previous reports and show that whereas the L-cone signal lags behind the M-cone signal by;35 deg for an orange background, the M-cone signal lags behind the L-cone signal by;8 deg for a green background.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)846-857
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2000 May
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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