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Salience of chromatic basic color terms confirmed by three measures.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2219747     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Using single color terms of their choice, nine subjects named each of 424 colors twice under carefully-controlled conditions. Compared to any other color names, the chromatic basic color terms (red, green, yellow, blue, orange, purple, brown and pink) are all used more consistently within subjects, with greater consensus between subjects, and with shorter mean response times; there is no overlap between the two categories of color names by any of these criteria. The results are interpreted as supporting the conception that basic color terms refer to fundamental sensations for which there is a specific physiological basis.
R M Boynton; C X Olson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Vision research     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0042-6989     ISO Abbreviation:  Vision Res.     Publication Date:  1990  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-11-09     Completed Date:  1990-11-09     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0417402     Medline TA:  Vision Res     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1311-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla 92093.
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MeSH Terms
Color Perception / physiology*
Reaction Time
Terminology as Topic*
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