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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2014
  • pp: A274–A282

Non-cardinal color perception across the retina: easy for orange, hard for burgundy and sky blue

Karen L. Gunther  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 31, Issue 4, pp. A274-A282 (2014)

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Cardinal color performance (reddish, greenish, bluish, yellowish, black, and white) has been shown to decline in peripheral viewing. What about non-cardinal color performance (e.g., orange, burgundy, and sky blue)? In visual search, performance on non-cardinal colors matched that of the cardinal colors in the (LM)/(S(L+M)) (isoluminant) color plane (Experiment 1, n=10, to 30°; Experiment 2, n=3, to 50°). However, performance in the (LM)/(L+M) and (S(L+M))/(L+M) color planes was worse for non-cardinal colors, at all eccentricities, even in the fovea. The implications that these results have for the existence of non-cardinal mechanisms in each color plane are discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(330.0330) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision, color, and visual optics
(330.1720) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color vision
(330.5510) Vision, color, and visual optics : Psychophysics

ToC Category:
Mesopic and peripheral vision

Original Manuscript: September 5, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 5, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 10, 2014
Published: February 20, 2014

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Karen L. Gunther, "Non-cardinal color perception across the retina: easy for orange, hard for burgundy and sky blue," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 31, A274-A282 (2014)

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