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Iona R. McLean, Tyler S. Manning, Emily A. Cooper; Perceptual Adaptation to Continuous Versus Intermittent Exposure to Spatial Distortions. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2022;63(5):29. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/iovs.63.5.29.
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To examine perceptual adaptation when people wear spectacles that produce unequal retinal image magnification.
Two groups of 15 participants (10 male; mean age 25.6 ± 4.9 years) wore spectacles with a 3.8% horizontal magnifier over one eye. The continuous-wear group wore the spectacles for 5 hours straight. The intermittent-wear group wore them for five 1-hour intervals. To measure slant and shape distortions produced by the spectacles, participants adjusted visual stimuli until they appeared frontoparallel or equiangular, respectively. Adaptation was quantified as the difference in responses at the beginning and end of wearing the spectacles. Aftereffects were quantified as the difference before and after removing the spectacles. We hypothesized that intermittent wear may lead to visual cue reweighting, so we fit a cue combination model to the data and examined changes in weights given to perspective and binocular disparity slant cues.
Both groups experienced significant shape adaptation and aftereffects. The continuous-wear group underwent significant slant adaptation and the intermittent group did not, but there was no significant difference between groups, suggesting that the difference in adaptation was negligible. There was no evidence for cue reweighting in the intermittent wear group, but unexpectedly, the weight given to binocular disparity cues for slant increased significantly in the continuous-wear group.
We did not find strong evidence that adaptation to spatial distortions differed between the two groups. However, there may be differences in the cue weighting strategies employed when spectacles are worn intermittently or continuously.
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