The visible persistence of stimuli in stroboscopic motion

Joyce E. Farrell, M. Pavel, George Sperling

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This paper reports an improved paradigm to measure visible persistence. The stimulus is a pair of lines stroboscopically displayed in successive positions moving in opposite directions. The subjects' judgement of simultaneous appearance of all the presented lines is used to estimate visible persistence. This paradigm permitted independent manipulation of spatial and temporal stimulus separations in linear motion. The resulting estimates of visible persistence increase with spatial separation up to 0.24 deg of visual angle and approaches a maximum value at larger spatial separations. The results are consistent with the existence of a hypothetical visual gain mechanism that operates over small retinal distances to effectively decrease persistence duration with decreasing spatial separation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)921-936
Number of pages16
JournalVision Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • Visible persistance Stroboscopic motion Apparent motion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


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