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Color appearance across the retina: effects of a white surround.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1542060     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Hue and saturation scaling was used to measure the appearance of spectral lights as a function of stimulus size at loci spaced across the horizontal meridian. At a given locus, each hue (red, yellow, green, and blue) grew as a function of stimulus size to some asymptotic value. Growth functions fitted to the hue data were used to derive the sizes of perceptive fields of the hue mechanisms. We had previously investigated the size scales of these fields by using stimuli presented on a dark background: Field sizes for all mechanisms increased with eccentricity, this increase was greater on the temporal than on the nasal retina, and the retinal size scales of the different hue mechanisms were not the same. We now report the results of repeating the study with stimuli embedded in a white surround rather than in darkness. The main effects of the white surround were as follows: Sizes of perceptive fields of all mechanisms were smaller everywhere than with the dark surround. For small fields, stimuli appeared everywhere more saturated with the white surround, but larger stimuli appeared less saturated.
I Abramov; J Gordon; H Chan
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics and image science     Volume:  9     ISSN:  0740-3232     ISO Abbreviation:  J Opt Soc Am A     Publication Date:  1992 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-04-07     Completed Date:  1992-04-07     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8402086     Medline TA:  J Opt Soc Am A     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  195-202     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College, City University of New York 11210.
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MeSH Terms
Color Perception / physiology*
Retina / physiology*
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