Abstract

We investigate some limits to phase processing in the human visual system with two-dimensional textured images. Results indicate that, although phase sensitivity increases with contrast and energy components of the image, observers cannot discriminate between images and their 45° phase-quantized versions under brief exposure and lower-(≤ 30%) contrast conditions. These results seem to be frequency independent although modulated by different energy levels at each two-dimensional frequency band. Finally, we have analyzed some past texture-discrimination results that occur under identical amplitude-spectra conditions. Here also phase-quantization differences seem to constitute an adequate explanation of discrimination performance.

© 1982 Optical Society of America

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