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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2012
  • pp: A216–A222

Effect of luminosity on color discrimination of dichromatic marmosets (Callithrix jacchus)

Fabio Batista Freitag and Daniel Marques Almeida Pessoa  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 29, Issue 2, pp. A216-A222 (2012)

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Psychophysical data have shown that under mesopic conditions cones and rods can interact, improving color vision. Since electrophysiological data have suggested that rods of dichromatic marmosets appear to be active at higher luminance, we aimed to investigate the effect of different levels of sunlight on the foraging abilities of male dichromatic marmosets. Captive marmosets were observed under three different conditions, with respect to their performance in detecting colored food items against a green background. Compared to high and low light intensities, intermediate luminosities significantly increased detection of orange targets by male dichromats, an indication of rod intrusion.

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OCIS Codes
(330.1690) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color
(330.1720) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color vision
(330.1880) Vision, color, and visual optics : Detection
(330.5020) Vision, color, and visual optics : Perception psychology
(330.5310) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision - photoreceptors
(330.6180) Vision, color, and visual optics : Spectral discrimination

ToC Category:
Retinal and cortical color processing

Original Manuscript: September 1, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 1, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 2, 2011
Published: January 26, 2012

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Fabio Batista Freitag and Daniel Marques Almeida Pessoa, "Effect of luminosity on color discrimination of dichromatic marmosets (Callithrix jacchus)," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 29, A216-A222 (2012)

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