Visual resolution and sensitivity in a nocturnal primate (galago) measured with visual evoked potentials

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  • Visual resolution and contrast sensitivity were examined in anesthetized, paralyzed galagos using visual evoked potentials (VEPs) resulting from stimulation with phase-reversed sinewave gratings. Spatial frequency vs contrast response functions were band-pass with peak sensitivity at 0.2-0.4 c/deg and a high frequency cut-off between 1.6 and 3 c/deg. Peak contrast sensitivities (estimated from extrapolation of contrast response functions) varied across animals from 10 to 170. Variation of the stimulus modulation rate showed that best responses occurred at 1 Hz with an upper limit of 6-16 Hz. As in other primates, an oblique effect was seen in 6 of 8 animals. The contrast sensitivity function (CSF) determined from cortical VEPs agrees well with the CSFs of cells in the lateral geniculate nucleus, but peak sensitivity and spatial frequency are slightly lower than found for the behavioral CSF. Overall visual performance resembled closely that of another nocturnal species, the cat. © 1987.
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  • Vision Research  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Bonds AB; Casagrande VA; Norton TT; DeBruyn EJ
  • Start Page

  • 845
  • End Page

  • 857
  • Volume

  • 27
  • Issue

  • 6