Retinotopic adaptation-based visual duration compression

Aurelio Bruno, Inci Ayhan, Alan Johnston

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Eye movements present the visual system with the challenge of providing the experience of a stable world. This appears to require the location of objects to be mapped from retinal to head and body referenced coordinates. Following D. Burr, A. Tozzi, and M. C. Morrone (2007), here we address the issue of whether adaptation-based duration compression (A. Johnston, D. H. Arnold, & S. Nishida, 2006) takes place in a retinocentric or head-centric frame of reference. Duration compression may be associated with shifts in apparent temporal frequency. However, using an adaptation schedule that minimizes any effect of adaptation on apparent temporal frequency, we still find substantial apparent duration compression. Duration compression remains when the adaptor continuously translates in head-centered coordinates but is fixed on the retina, isolating retinal adaptation. Apparent duration was also measured after a change in gaze direction-a strategy which allows eye-centered and head-centered components of adaptation-induced duration compression to be distinguished. In two different paradigms, we found significant compression was elicited by retinotopic adaptation, with no significant change in apparent duration following spatiotopic adaptation. We also observed no interocular transfer of adaptation. These findings point to an early locus for the adaptation-based duration compression effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30
JournalJournal of Vision
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2010


  • Adaptation, Physiological
  • Eye Movements/physiology
  • Humans
  • Orientation/physiology
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Retina/physiology
  • Vision, Ocular/physiology
  • Visual Perception

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