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Chromatic adaptation in the underwater environment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3689274     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The effects of human visual chromatic adaptation underwater are usually reported in subjective terms. The present study aimed to generate data that could be discussed within the internationally recognized CIE color metric. Adaptation was assessed in two underwater environments (blue and green backgrounds). Divers were required to color match stimuli using either a Burnham-type colorimeter or the Munsell Limit Color Cascade. Comparisons of the chromaticity coordinates of matches made in air and underwater with those defined by color and luminance meters revealed an increased sensitivity to wavelengths approximately complementary to those of the background. Laboratory simulations of the underwater environments broadly replicated the field results. The data allow comparisons with complex mathematical models of chromatic adaptation that have been derived from orthodox experiments. The data might be helpful in quantifying the limits of human visual performance underwater.
P G Emmerson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Aviation, space, and environmental medicine     Volume:  58     ISSN:  0095-6562     ISO Abbreviation:  Aviat Space Environ Med     Publication Date:  1987 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-01-07     Completed Date:  1988-01-07     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7501714     Medline TA:  Aviat Space Environ Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1087-92     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Department of Psychology, University of Stirling, Scotland.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Ocular*
Color Perception*
Discrimination Learning

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