Behavioral measurement of temporal contrast sensitivity development in macaque monkeys (Macaca nemestrina)

Kara A. Stavros, Lynne Kiorpes

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We measured the developmental time course for temporal contrast sensitivity in macaque monkeys. The animals, aged 5 weeks to 4 years, detected an unpatterned field of light sinusoidally modulated over time at frequencies ranging from 1 to 40 Hz. Young infants showed reduced sensitivity for all frequencies, and a reduced range of detectable frequencies. Sensitivity to high and low frequencies developed at different rates, but the shape of the temporal contrast sensitivity function did not change significantly with age. Temporal contrast sensitivity matures earlier than spatial contrast sensitivity. The development of high, but not low, frequency sensitivity may be limited by maturation of the magnocellular pathway.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1335-1344
Number of pages10
JournalVision research
Issue number11
StatePublished - May 1 2008



  • Macaque monkey
  • Magnocellular pathway
  • Temporal contrast sensitivity
  • Temporal vision
  • Visual development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems

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