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February 11, 2011
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Noteworthy articles
Interference in character processing reflects common perceptual expertise across writing systems
Wong, A., Qu, Z., McGugin, R.W., & Gauthier, I.
J Vis January 18, 2011 11(1): 15; doi:10.1167/11.1.15
The authors examined functional overlap between two writing systems by measuring interference during visual search for targets in one writing system from distracters in another writing system.

The absolute threshold of cone vision
Koenig, D., & Hofer, H.
J Vis January 26, 2011 11(1): 21; doi:10.1167/11.1.21
Making use of carefully constructed experiments and in-depth data-analysis, the authors show that the main factor limiting cone detection performance is not to be found in the encoding capacities of the photoreceptors, but rather stems from the use of suboptimal decoding strategies, formalized here in the uncertainty-framework.

Contrast summation across eyes and space is revealed along the entire dipper function by a “Swiss cheese” stimulus
Meese, T., & Baker, D.
J Vis January 27, 2011 11(1): 23; doi:10.1167/11.1.23
Using a novel stimulus approach, the authors show convincingly that suprathreshold contrasts near-linearly summate across the two eyes and across space when in conjunction. The result challenges conventional orthodoxy that suprathreshold contrasts do not exhibit strong area summation.



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