Spectral Tuning of Opponent Channels is Spatially Dependent

Marcie Finkelstein, University of South Florida


Psychophysical detection and appearance data suggest that the spectral tuning of opponent pathways varies with test size. The present study examines the effect on spectral sensitivity of the relative size of test and surround fields. Increment thresholds and flashed‐field sensitivities were obtained for 580 nm and 641 nm targets. Three spatial configurations were used. The pattern of sensitivity loss is shown to depend on the spatial relation between test and field; the effect of the spatial relation in turn depends on test wavelength. The findings are explained by the activity of a changing network of spatially and spectrally opponent cells.