Internal noise measures in coarse and fine motion direction discrimination tasks and the correlation with autism traits

Edwina R. Orchard, Steven C. Dakin, Jeroen J.A. van Boxtel

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Abstract

Motion perception is essential for visual guidance of behavior and is known to be limited by both internal additive noise (i.e., a constant level of random fluctuations in neural activity independent of the stimulus) and motion pooling (global integration of local motion signals across space). People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) display abnormalities in motion processing, which have been linked to both elevated noise and abnormal pooling. However, to date, the impact of a third limit—induced internal noise (internal noise that scales up with increases in external stimulus noise)—has not been investigated in motion perception of any group. Here, we describe an extension on the double-pass paradigm to quantify additive noise and induced noise in a motion paradigm. We also introduce a new way to experimentally estimate motion pooling. We measured the impact of induced noise on direction discrimination, which we ascribe to fluctuations in decision-related variables. Our results are suggestive of higher internal noise in individuals with high ASD traits only on coarse but not fine motion direction discrimination tasks. However, we report no significant correlations between autism traits and additive noise, induced noise, or motion pooling in either task.We

Original languageEnglish
Article number19
Pages (from-to)19
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Vision
Volume22
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2022

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