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Journal of Electronic Imaging

Influence of adaptation on the perception of distortions in natural images
Author(s): Otto H. MacLin; Michael A. Webster
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Paper Abstract

We examined judgments of distortions in images of faces and how they are influenced by visual adaptation to distorted images. Two-dimensional image arrays were generated by varying the degree of local expansion or contraction along the horizontal or vertical axis of the image. Images along different directions within the array were varied in staircases while observers rated the images as either ‘‘normal’’ or ‘‘distorted.’’ The reversal points for the staircases define the gamut of distortions that observers accept as a normal variant of the original image, and they are well described by ellipses. Under neutral adaptation this gamut is roughly centered on the original image. However, after viewing a distorted face, the images perceived as normal are strongly biased toward the adapting distortion, and the range of the gamut increases along the axis of the distortion. Thus changes in the state of adaptation can markedly alter the perception of images, by altering both the perceived neutral point and the sensitivity to variations in images.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 2001
PDF: 10 pages
J. Electron. Imag. 10(1) doi: 10.1117/1.1330573
Published in: Journal of Electronic Imaging Volume 10, Issue 1
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Otto H. MacLin, Univ. of Nevada/Reno (United States)
Michael A. Webster, Univ. of Nevada/Reno (United States)

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