Normative data for onset VEPs to red-green and blue-yellow chromatic contrast

Vittorio Porciatti, Ferdinando Sartucci

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Objective: To better characterize the properties of chromatic VEPs to onset-offset of red-green and blue-yellow equiluminant patterns, and establish normative values for a set of stimuli able to elicit robust and reliable responses, suitable for the clinical application. Methods: Chromatic VEPs have been recorded (Oz lead) from 28 normal subjects (age range 20-53 years) in response to monocular presentation of both red-green and blue- yellow equiluminant sinusoidal gratings. Stimuli were generated by a Cambridge VSG/2 card and displayed on a Barco CCID monitor (14 x 14 deg field size). Spatial frequency, chromaticity, contrast and onset-offset duration were varied. Results: For both red-green and blue-yellow equiluminant stimuli, robust responses have been obtained with gratings of 2 c/deg, presented in onset (300 ms) offset (700 ms) mode, at contrasts ranging from 90 to 6%. In all observers, the VEP waveform consisted mainly of a negative wave at stimulus onset, with a latency rapidly increasing with decreasing contrast. For both red-green and blue-yellow stimuli, the VEP contrast threshold coincided with the psychophysical threshold. Conclusions: The results complement previous studies aimed at characterizing the properties of chromatic VEPs. In addition, normative data are provided for a set of stimulus characteristics suitable for the clinical routine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)772-781
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Neurophysiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Chromatic contrast
  • Koniocellular
  • Luminance contrast
  • Magnocellular
  • Parvocellular
  • VEPs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Neurology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Physiology (medical)


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