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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2014
  • pp: A350–A356

Lightness constancy and its link with cone contrast

I. J. Murray, A. Daugirdiene, A. Panorgias, R. Stanikunas, J. J. Kulikowski, and J. M. F. Kelly  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 31, Issue 4, pp. A350-A356 (2014)

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The link between chromatic constancy (compensation for hue and saturation shifts) and lightness constancy (compensation for a change in surface reflectance) was tested theoretically by computing cone contrasts and by asymmetric matching experiments. The effect of a thin achromatic line (a frame) around the test sample was tested empirically. When the samples were outlined by the frame, lightness constancy was increased and chromatic constancy reduced (p<0.001). Changes in luminance are more likely to be compensated when the luminance contrast edge around the test stimulus is disturbed as with the addition of an achromatic frame.

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OCIS Codes
(330.1720) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color vision
(330.4060) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision modeling
(330.5020) Vision, color, and visual optics : Perception psychology
(330.7310) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision
(330.1715) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color, rendering and metamerism

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Color and lightness constancy

Original Manuscript: September 30, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 20, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 20, 2014
Published: March 3, 2014

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I. J. Murray, A. Daugirdiene, A. Panorgias, R. Stanikunas, J. J. Kulikowski, and J. M. F. Kelly, "Lightness constancy and its link with cone contrast," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 31, A350-A356 (2014)

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