Documenta Ophthalmologica

, Volume 110, Issue 2–3, pp 163–172 | Cite as

Visual Evoked Potentials and Reaction Time Measurements to Motion-reversal Luminance- and Texture-defined Stimuli

  • Hadi Chakor
  • Armando Bertone
  • Michelle McKerral
  • Jocelyn Faubert
  • Pierre Lachapelle


Purpose: Previous studies have suggested that compared to first-order (FO) motion stimuli, second-order (SO) motion stimuli required more cortical time to be processed. The purpose of this study was: 1- to verify this claim with Visual Evoked Potential (VEP) and eye-hand Reaction Time (RT) measurements and 2- examine if the VEP and RT responses are similarly modulated by the same trigger features of the stimuli. Methods: The VEPs and eye-hand RT for motion-reversal luminance- (first-order) and texturedefined (second-order) stimuli were recorded from ten normal human subjects. VEPs and RTs were measured for each motion class at eight different modulation depths (from 3 to 100%). Results: Our results reveal that for stimuli of low contrast levels, the SO–FO timing differences are approximately 100 ms (RT) or 20 ms (VEP), while for contrasts ≥ 15–20% (VEP) or ≥ 50% (RT), the SO–FO difference is no longer significant (p < 0.007), suggesting either that the brain can no longer distinguish SO from FO stimuli or that in spite of the added complexity of SO stimuli the brain takes equal time to process both. Conclusion: Interestingly, the above contrast discrepancy in SO–FO resolution threshold suggests that, compared to the VEP, the more psychophysical RT measurement can process and thus distinguish a larger spectrum of motion stimuli, thus further confirming the latter measure of the retinocortical processing time as a valid alternative to the VEP.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hadi Chakor
    • 1
    • 2
  • Armando Bertone
    • 1
  • Michelle McKerral
    • 3
  • Jocelyn Faubert
    • 1
  • Pierre Lachapelle
    • 2
  1. 1.Visual Psychophysics and Perception Laboratory, Ecole d’optométrieUniversité de MontréalCanada
  2. 2.Department of OphthalmologyMcGill University- Montréal Children’s Hospital Research InstituteCanada
  3. 3.Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation-centre de réadaptation Lucie-Bruneau et départment de psychologieUniversité de MontréalMontréalCanada

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