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Do common mechanisms of adaptation mediate color discrimination and appearance? Contrast adaptation

James M. Hillis and David H. Brainard  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 24, Issue 8, pp. 2122-2133 (2007)

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Are effects of background contrast on color appearance and sensitivity controlled by the same mechanism of adaptation? We examined the effects of background color contrast on color appearance and on color-difference sensitivity under well-matched conditions. We linked the data using Fechner’s hypothesis that the rate of apparent stimulus change is proportional to sensitivity and examined a family of parametric models of adaptation. Our results show that both appearance and discrimination are consistent with the same mechanism of adaptation.

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OCIS Codes
(330.1720) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color vision
(330.5020) Vision, color, and visual optics : Perception psychology
(330.5510) Vision, color, and visual optics : Psychophysics

ToC Category:
Vision, Color, and Visual Optics

Original Manuscript: March 13, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: April 2, 2007
Published: July 11, 2007

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Vol. 2, Iss. 9 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

James M. Hillis and David H. Brainard, "Do common mechanisms of adaptation mediate color discrimination and appearance? Contrast adaptation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 24, 2122-2133 (2007)

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