Meta- and paracontrast reveal differences between contour- and brightness-processing mechanisms
Embargo Lift Date: 2007-09-01
Breitmeyer, B. G.
2645 - 2658
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We investigated meta- and paracontrast masking using tasks requiring observers to judge the surface brightness or else the contours of target stimuli. The contour task revealed strongest metacontrast at SOAs shorter than those obtained for the brightness task. Paracontrast revealed related temporal differences between the tasks. Additionally, the paracontrast results support the existence not only of prolonged inhibitory effects but also of facilitatory effects. The combined results comport with the existence of cortical mechanisms for: (i) fast contour processing, (ii) slow surface-brightness processing, (iii) prolonged inhibition, and (iv) facilitation.