A visual field asymmetry is described relative to the discrimination of mirror symmetric bars with ramp-like luminance profiles. Along the vertical meridian the discrimination is better performed for patterns oriented parallel to the meridian than for patterns oriented orthogonally at all eccentricities tested (2-8 deg). Along the horizontal meridian, the preference for radially oriented stimuli is present at 2 deg from the fovea, but vanishes at larger eccentricities. The meridional asymmetry thus revealed psychophysically may reflect asymmetries in the representation of the vertical and horizontal meridians in the human visual cortex.
Visual field asymmetries in pattern discrimination: a sign of asymmetry in cortical visual field representation? / Berardi N; Fiorentini A.. - In: VISION RESEARCH. - ISSN 0042-6989. - STAMPA. - 31:(1991), pp. 1831-1836. [10.1016/0042-6989(91)90030-9]