Effects of Visual Form on the Evoked Response

Science  17 Mar 1967:
Vol. 155, Issue 3768, pp. 1439-1442
DOI: 10.1126/science.155.3768.1439


The average visual evoked potentials elicited from relaxed human subjects are different for a blank visual field and one containing a geometric form, are different for different geometric forms of equal area, are similar for versions of the same geometric fortn of unequal area, and are different for two printed words equated for total letter area. These findings suggest that the waveform of evoked responses is not determined solely by the set of peripheral receptors which is stimulated, but it also reflects the perceptual content of the stimulus.