Spatial frequency and the mediation of short-term visual storage

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Science  04 Nov 1977:
Vol. 198, Issue 4316, pp. 524-525
DOI: 10.1126/science.910146


The perceived duration of a photopically illuminated, fixated grating presented for 50 milliseconds increased (from 300 to 500 milliseconds) with spatial frequency (0.9 to 15 cycles per degree). This suggests a sustained neural channel contribution to short-term visual storage, and argues against a pure photoreceptor, especially a rod, locus for such storage.