Light Adaptation Kinetics: The Influence of Spatial Factors

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Science  06 Mar 1964:
Vol. 143, Issue 3610, pp. 1029-1031
DOI: 10.1126/science.143.3610.1029


Reducing the target diameter of an adapting (conditioning) flash of light results in a progressive rise in the conventional light adaptation curve, as measured with a small superimposed test flash presented at the end of adapting flashes of variable duration. When both targets are the same size, an abrupt and marked rise in threshold is obtained, resulting from a unique effect that occurs near the termination of the adapting flash. This effect can be demonstrated by means of a variable delay procedure, and it indicates that neural as well as photo-chemical processes limit the time course of light adaptation.