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14 March 2013 Visual stimuli: past and present
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Proceedings Volume 8651, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XVIII; 865108 (2013)
Event: IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging, 2013, Burlingame, California, United States
The fundamental properties of light and the principles of the structure and function of the visual system were discovered at a time when the only light sources were the sun and the flame of a candle. Contributions by Newton, Huygens, Thomas Young and Purkinje, Helmholtz’s ophthalmoscope – all preceded the first incandescent filament. Light bulbs, Xenon arcs, lasers, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), computer monitors then sequentially enlarged the arsenal, and so did the steps from Nicol prism to Polaroid in polarizing light, and from glass and interference filters to laser light in generating monochromatic light. Technological advances have a deep impact on the research topics at any one time, expanding their scope. In particular, utilization of computers now allows the generation and manipulation of targets permitting questions to be approached that could not have been envisaged at the dawn of the technological era of vision research. Just beyond the immediate grasp of even the most thoughtful vision scientist, however, is the concern that stimulus sets originating in mathematicians’ and physicists’ toolboxes fail to capture some essential ingredients indigenous to human vision. The quest to study vision with stimuli in its own terms continues.
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Gerald Westheimer "Visual stimuli: past and present", Proc. SPIE 8651, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XVIII, 865108 (14 March 2013);


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