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| OPTICS, IMAGE SCIENCE, AND VISION

  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2012
  • pp: A52–A59

Individual differences in simultaneous color constancy are related to working memory

Elizabeth C. Allen, Sian L. Beilock, and Steven K. Shevell  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 29, Issue 2, pp. A52-A59 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.29.000A52


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Abstract

Few studies have investigated the possible role of higher-level cognitive mechanisms in color constancy. Following up on previous work with successive color constancy [J. Exper. Psychol. Learn. Mem. Cogn. 37, 1014 (2011)], the current study examined the relation between simultaneous color constancy and working memory—the ability to maintain a desired representation while suppressing irrelevant information. Higher working memory was associated with poorer simultaneous color constancy of a chromatically complex stimulus. Ways in which the executive attention mechanism of working memory may account for this are discussed. This finding supports a role for higher-level cognitive mechanisms in color constancy and is the first to demonstrate a relation between simultaneous color constancy and a complex cognitive ability.

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OCIS Codes
(330.0330) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision, color, and visual optics
(330.1690) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color
(330.1720) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color vision
(330.5020) Vision, color, and visual optics : Perception psychology
(330.5510) Vision, color, and visual optics : Psychophysics
(330.7310) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision

ToC Category:
Color sensitivity and appearance

History
Original Manuscript: September 6, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 2, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 9, 2011
Published: January 13, 2012

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Elizabeth C. Allen, Sian L. Beilock, and Steven K. Shevell, "Individual differences in simultaneous color constancy are related to working memory," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 29, A52-A59 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-29-2-A52


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