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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2014
  • pp: A148–A158

Supersaturation in the peripheral retina

Jamie K. Opper, Nathaniel D. Douda, Vicki J. Volbrecht, and Janice L. Nerger  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 31, Issue 4, pp. A148-A158 (2014)

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Foveal and peripheral hue-scaling data were obtained for a 1° foveal stimulus and a 3° stimulus presented at 10° retinal eccentricity under both bleach (reducing rod input) and no-bleach (permitting rod input) conditions. Uniform appearance diagrams (UADs) were generated from the data. Peripheral stimuli appeared more saturated than foveal stimuli (i.e., supersaturated), especially in the green–yellow region of the UADs. This effect was particularly pronounced for the peripheral bleach condition. The range of wavelengths perceived as green–yellow in the peripheral retina was expanded as compared to the fovea, while the range of wavelengths experienced as blue–green was compressed. This indicates that there are shifts in the unique hue loci with retinal location. While several factors can be ruled out as potential causes for these perceptual differences, the underlying mechanism of this supersaturation effect in the peripheral retina is unknown.

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

ToC Category:
Mesopic and peripheral vision

Original Manuscript: September 26, 2013
Revised Manuscript: December 19, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 23, 2013
Published: January 31, 2014

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Jamie K. Opper, Nathaniel D. Douda, Vicki J. Volbrecht, and Janice L. Nerger, "Supersaturation in the peripheral retina," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 31, A148-A158 (2014)

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