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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2003
  • pp: 1673–1680

Prediction of transparency perception based on cone-excitation ratios

Caterina Ripamonti and Stephen Westland  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 20, Issue 9, pp. 1673-1680 (2003)

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Perceptual transparency was measured in two experiments by using simulations of illuminated surfaces presented on a CRT monitor. In a two-alternative forced-choice paradigm, observers viewed two simulated Mondrians in temporal sequence. In one sequence the Mondrian was simulated to be partially covered by a transparent filter; in the other sequence the filter color over each Mondrian patch was modified. Observers were instructed to select the sequence containing a transparent filter. Observers’ selections corresponded to sequences in which the cone-excitation ratios for each adjacent pair of Mondrian patches were approximately the same as the cone-excitation ratios for the pair of patches covered by a filter. The results suggest that cone-excitation ratios may be a cue for perceptual transparency.

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OCIS Codes
(330.1690) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color
(330.1720) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color vision
(330.4060) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision modeling
(330.5510) Vision, color, and visual optics : Psychophysics
(330.7310) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision

Original Manuscript: September 10, 2002
Revised Manuscript: April 23, 2003
Manuscript Accepted: April 23, 2003
Published: September 1, 2003

Caterina Ripamonti and Stephen Westland, "Prediction of transparency perception based on cone-excitation ratios," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 20, 1673-1680 (2003)

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