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  Sensitivity to local higher-order correlations in natural images

Gerhard, H., Wichman, F., & Bethge, M. (2011). Sensitivity to local higher-order correlations in natural images. Perception, 40(ECVP Abstract Supplement), 18.

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Gerhard, H1, 2, Author              
Wichman, F2, 3, Author              
Bethge, M1, 2, Author              
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1Research Group Computational Vision and Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497805              
2Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, Spemannstrasse 38, 72076 Tübingen, DE, ou_1497794              
3Department Empirical Inference, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497795              

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 Abstract: We measured perceptual sensitivity to higher-order correlational structure of natural images using a new paradigm, with which we also evaluated the efficacy of several successful natural image models that reproduce neural response properties of the visual system. To measure sensitivity to local correlations in natural images, stimuli were square textures of tightly tiled small image patches originating from either: (i) natural scene photographs or (ii) a model. In a trial, observers viewed both texture types and had to select the one made of natural image patches. In a series of experiments with twenty-two subjects, we tested 7 models, varying patch size from 3×3 to 8×8 pixels. Results indicate high sensitivity to local higher-order correlations in natural images: no current model fools the human eye for patches 5×5 pixels or larger, and only the model with the highest likelihood brings performance near chance when patches are 4×4 pixels or smaller. Remarkably, the ordering of the psychophysical matched the models’ ordering in likelihood of capturing natural image regularities. The subjects’ performance on binarzed textures approached ideal observer efficiency, where the ideal observer has perfect knowledge of the natural image distribution. In four control experiments, we determined the knowledge observers use to detect higher-order correlations.

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 Dates: 2011-09
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1177/03010066110400S102
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Title: 34th European Conference on Visual Perception
Place of Event: Toulouse, France
Start-/End Date: 2011-08-28 - 2011-09-01

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Title: Perception
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Publ. Info: London : Pion Ltd.
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 40 (ECVP Abstract Supplement) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 18 Identifier: ISSN: 0301-0066
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925509369