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      Pattern Reversal Responses in Man and Cat: A Comparison

      Ophthalmic Research
      S. Karger AG
      Contrast, Pattern reversal, Electroretinogram, Optic nerve recordings, Spatial interaction

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          In 42 enucleated and arterially perfused cat eyes, graded potentials were recorded from the retina (ERG) and from the optic nerve (ONR) in response to checkerboard stimuli, reversing at a low temporal frequency in a square wave mode. The ERG and ONR responses show an almost perfect duplication of the response to each reversal of the pattern and exhibit, in contrast to luminance responses, striking similarities in response characteristics such as amplitude, wave shape and time course. Furthermore, the amplitude versus check size plots coincide in both responses. In cat, pattern reversal responses can be recorded from 74 to 9 min of arc, correlating to the cat’s visual resolution. In man, almost identical responses can be recorded for the pattern ERG. However, in accordance with the difference in visual resolution in man and cat, a parallel shift for the human pattern reversal ERG response to higher spatial frequencies is observed.

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          Ophthalmic Res
          Ophthalmic Research
          S. Karger AG
          04 December 2009
          : 16
          : 1-2
          : 67-72
          Max-Planck-Institut für physiologische und klinische Forschung, Bad Nauheim, BRD
          265296 Ophthalmic Res 1984;16:67–72
          © 1984 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 6
          Spatial Resolution, Determined by Electrical Potentials

          Vision sciences,Ophthalmology & Optometry,Pathology
          Pattern reversal,Contrast,Electroretinogram,Optic nerve recordings,Spatial interaction


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