The effects of luminance contribution from large fields to chromatic visual evoked potentials. Academic Article uri icon

start page

  • 68

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  • 74


  • Though useful from a clinical and practical standpoint uniform, large-field chromatic stimuli are likely to contain luminance contributions from retinal inhomogeneities. Such contribution can significantly influence psychophysical thresholds. However, the degree to which small luminance artifacts influence the chromatic VEP has been debated. In particular, claims have been made that band-pass tuning observed in chromatic VEPs result from luminance intrusion. However, there has been no direct evidence presented to support these claims. Recently, large-field isoluminant stimuli have been developed to control for intrusion from retinal inhomogeneities with particular regard to the influence of macular pigment. We report here the application of an improved version of these full-field stimuli to directly test the influence of luminance intrusion on the temporal tuning of the chromatic VEP. Our results show that band-pass tuning persists even when isoluminance is achieved throughout the extent of the stimulus. In addition, small amounts of luminance intrusion affect neither the shape of the temporal tuning function nor the major components of the VEP. These results support the conclusion that the chromatic VEP can depart substantially from threshold psychophysics with regard to temporal tuning and that obtaining a low-pass function is not requisite evidence of selective chromatic activation in the VEP.Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

date/time value

  • February 2014

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.visres.2013.12.011

PubMed Identifier

  • 24384402


  • 95



  • Adult
  • Color Perception
  • Evoked Potentials, Visual
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lighting
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Retinal Cone Photoreceptor Cells
  • Retinal Pigments
  • Young Adult