Development of vernier acuity and grating acuity in normally reared monkeys

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The developmental time courses for vernier acuity and grating acuity were measured longitudinally in infant Macaca nemestrina monkeys. Behavioral measurements of vernier and grating acuity were made at regular intervals during development. Near birth, grating acuity is relatively more mature than vernier acuity. The proportional rate of vernier acuity development is faster than that for grating acuity. During the course of development, grating acuity improves approximately 15-fold whereas vernier acuity improves about 60-fold. Both visual functions approach adult levels at about the same age, around 40 weeks postnatally. Although grating acuity develops about four times faster in monkeys than in humans, vernier acuity development in monkeys and humans does not appear to reflect the same relationship. Adult levels of vernier acuity for the monkeys are about a factor of 2 poorer than are typically reported for humans. The differential development of vernier acuity and grating acuity does not necessarily reflect development at different levels of the visual system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-251
Number of pages9
JournalVisual neuroscience
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Oct 1992


  • Grating acuity
  • Macaque monkey
  • Vernier acuity
  • Visual development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Sensory Systems


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