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In order to examine the processes by which motion signals are combined over time, we presented subjects with random dot kinematograms which could vary in terms of the number of frames in the sequence and the duration between the onset of each stationary frame. Performance (as measured by the greatest displacement at which subjects could discriminate opposite directions of movement) improved with increasing number of displacements up to around 5 displacements, whilst manipulations of the frame duration had no affect upon this figure. Thus the results cannot be described in terms of a limited integration time. By creating sequences in which no dots underwent more than a single displacement we show that the improvement is not specific to individual dot paths. We suggest that these results could be accounted for in terms of a co-operative network in which mutual facilitation can propagate between detectors tuned to a common direction of motion.


Journal article


Vision Res

Publication Date





1777 - 1787


Humans, Motion Perception, Random Allocation, Time Factors, Visual Perception