Abstract

The constancy of the dynamic range in a luminance-discrimination task is known as Crozier’s law; an old rule says that about half of a log unit spans the range from a low to a high frequency of seeing. For our conditions the slope of the psychometric function is steeper for short than for long test flashes; Crozier’s law requires a different constant when temporal parameters change. This result is substantiated by an analysis of Massof’s data [ Vision Res. 21, 995 ( 1981)] on the variation of the slope of psychometric curves for different wavelengths. The change in Crozier’s constant between conditions may reflect the presence of more than one detection channel. If short test flashes are detected by phasic channels and long test flashes by both phasic and tonic channels, then our result implies a shorter dynamic range for phasic (Y-cell) than for tonic (X-cell) channels.

© 1983 Optical Society of America

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