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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2010
  • pp: 159–165

Perceptual prominence of Hering’s chromatic primaries

Rolf G. Kuehni, Renzo Shamey, Mara Mathews, and Brandi Keene  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 27, Issue 2, pp. 159-165 (2010)

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Reported are results of an experiment involving perceptual assessment of very large color differences using samples representing approximate mean Hering opponent generic unique hues (guHs) based on subject selections, intermediate hues (iHs) using Munsell samples intermediate between guHs, and pairings of both guHs and iHs with a neutral gray. Sample pairs were assessed by 28 color normal subjects twice, with a gap of at least 24  hours between assessments. Results were calculated for individual subjects and the entire group. The hypothesis was that perceived chromatic differences of Hering’s guHs are larger than those of iHs, and this was found to be statistically valid at the 99% confidence level based on a t-test. In addition, gray as a percept was found to have prominence comparable to that of generic unique hues.

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OCIS Codes
(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
(330.7310) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision

ToC Category:
Vision, Color, and Visual Optics

Original Manuscript: April 23, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 12, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 27, 2009
Published: January 11, 2010

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Rolf G. Kuehni, Renzo Shamey, Mara Mathews, and Brandi Keene, "Perceptual prominence of Hering's chromatic primaries," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27, 159-165 (2010)

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