Motion Thresholds in Infants to Sinusoidal Gratings Academic Article uri icon


  • Motion thresholds were determined at 9 degrees eccentricity in infants (mean = 14 weeks old). The stimuli used were computer-generated sinusoidal gratings presented through a 7.45 degrees aperture at a contrast ratio of .83. The range of velocities (.5, 1, 2, 4, and 6 degrees per s) was examined at only one spatial frequency (1 cycle per degree). At low velocities (less than 2 degrees per s), the infants showed no clear preference for the moving stimulus over the stationary stimulus. At faster velocities (2-6 degrees per s), the infants exhibited a clear preference for the moving stimulus. The results were interpreted as indicating that infants at 3 months of age are relatively insensitive to slow motions for low spatial frequency stimuli.

publication date

  • July 1991