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  • Vol. 53, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 1963
  • pp: 874–877

Discrimination of Color. III. Effect of Spectral Bandwidth

MICHAEL H. SIEGEL  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 53, Issue 7, pp. 874-877 (1963)

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An experimental investigation of the effect of varying bandwidth on color discrimination was undertaken. No evidence was found for any differences in sensitivity to color differences among the 5-, 10-, 20-, and 80-mµ bandwidths studied. It was concluded that for psychological research in vision less emphasis be placed on monochromatic radiation of the stimulus and more on obtaining greater luminance levels.

MICHAEL H. SIEGEL, "Discrimination of Color. III. Effect of Spectral Bandwidth," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 53, 874-877 (1963)

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  1. D. B. Judd, Handbook of Experimental Psychology, edited by S. S. Stevens (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York 1951), p. 821; and F. L. Dimmick, in Foundations of Psychology, edited by E. G. Boring, H. S. Langfeld, and H. P. Weld (John Wiley & Sons Inc., New York, 1948), pp. 279–280.
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