Detection duration thresholds and evoked potential measures of stereosensitivity Academic Article uri icon


  • Visual evoked potentials have been proposed by some researchers to be more useful than behavioral techniques to evaluate stereo performance in children and certain clinical populations. Stimulus duration detection thresholds, visual evoked potentials, and scalp electrical potential distribution maps to dynamic random dot stereograms were studied. A high degree of correspondence was found between visual evoked potential amplitudes and behaviorally determined detection thresholds. Upper field stimuli had higher detection thresholds and generated lower-amplitude visual evoked potential responses than did centrally presented stimuli. For the most eccentrically presented stimuli, lower detection thresholds were found for stimuli presented in the right visual field than the left visual field. This finding was consistent with the pattern of VEP responses to be lateralized, with higher-amplitude responses recorded over left-hemisphere sites. The study examined a proposal that the major negative component of the stereoscopic visual evoked potential originates in cortical area V1. The results failed to support the proposal and were consistent with the main negative component of the VEP being generated in V2, rather than V1.

publication date

  • 1992