Total Luminous Flux: A Possible Response Determinant for the Normal Monkey

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Science  10 Nov 1967:
Vol. 158, Issue 3802, pp. 806-809
DOI: 10.1126/science.158.3802.806


Thirteen normal monkeys (Macaca mulatta) trained to discriminate between transilluminated figures of equal area and different luminance, and consequently different luminous flux, made similar numbers of errors during training on a new problem with the same luminance values but with targets equated for luminous flux. These findings together with results of "critical trials" suggest that the significant cue in the original problem was luminous flux. This behavior is strikingly similar to what has been reported for the monkey following exclusion of the geniculostriate system.