Motion Clouds: Synthesis of random textures for motion perception (Leon et al. 2012)

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We describe a framework to generate random texture movies with controlled information content. In particular, these stimuli can be made closer to naturalistic textures compared to usual stimuli such as gratings and random-dot kinetograms. We simplified the definition to parametrically define these "Motion Clouds" around the most prevalent feature axis (mean and bandwith): direction, spatial frequency, orientation.
1 . Leon PS, Vanzetta I, Masson GS, Perrinet LU (2012) Motion clouds: model-based stimulus synthesis of natural-like random textures for the study of motion perception. J Neurophysiol 107:3217-26 [PubMed]
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Model Type: Connectionist Network;
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Simulation Environment: Python;
Model Concept(s): Pattern Recognition; Temporal Pattern Generation; Spatio-temporal Activity Patterns; Parameter Fitting; Methods; Perceptual Categories; Noise Sensitivity; Envelope synthesis; Sensory processing; Motion Detection;
#!/usr/bin/env python

A basic presentation in psychopy

(c) Laurent Perrinet - INT/CNRS

# width and height of your screen
w, h = 1920, 1200

import MotionClouds as mc
fx, fy, ft = mc.get_grids(mc.N_X, mc.N_Y, mc.N_frame)
color = mc.envelope_color(fx, fy, ft)
env = color *(mc.envelope_gabor(fx, fy, ft, V_X=1.) + mc.envelope_gabor(fx, fy, ft, V_X=-1.))
z = 2*mc.rectif(mc.random_cloud(env), contrast=.5) -1.

# TODO : make a GUI with two threads: one for psychopy, one for the generation / see also for a smooth transition of parameters
from psychopy import *
import time
win = visual.Window([w, h], fullscr=True)
for i_frame in range(mc.N_frame):
    #creating a new stimulus every time
    stim = visual.PatchStim(win, tex=z[:, :, i_frame],
        size=(600, 600), units='pix',

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