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Perception Of High-Pass Filtered Images
Author(s): Eli Peli
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Paper Abstract

Many visual illusions and Gestalt grouping phenomena may be explained by low-pass filtering of these images by the visual system. However, the perceptions of these images are maintained even if such images are high-pass filtered before display, removing the low-frequency information. Many such high-pass filtered images can be treated as a form of two-dimensional amplitude modulation (2-D AM) signals. The low-frequency figure information is coded in the modulation envelope, which disappears with the carrier if low-pass filtered. The envelope may be retrieved (demodulated), using one of many non-linear operations followed by a low-pass filter. Theory and image-processing simulations show that the compressive non-linearity of the visual system suffices to demodulate these images. This model accounts for various perceptual phenomena associated with filtered images and band-limited psychophysical stimuli.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 1987
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0845, Visual Communications and Image Processing II, (13 October 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.976497
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Eli Peli, Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0845:
Visual Communications and Image Processing II
T. Russell Hsing, Editor(s)

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