Metacontrast and Evoked Potentials: A Reappraisal

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Science  12 Apr 1968:
Vol. 160, Issue 3824, pp. 207-208
DOI: 10.1126/science.160.3824.207


Stimulation of the parafoveal retina may give rise to visual evoked responses generated in large part by stray light impinging upon the fovea. This effect appears to account for the absence of changes in the visual evoked response to parafoveal stimulation during metacontrast suppression. When the central retina is directly stimulated, the spatiotemporal interactions associated with brightness suppression during metacontrast may be readily demonstrated in a late component of the visual evoked response.