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Time course of chromatic adaptation for color appearance and discrimination.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10837828     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Adaptation to a steady background has a profound effect on both color appearance and discrimination. We determined the temporal characteristics of chromatic adaptation for appearance and discrimination along different color directions. Subjects were adapted to a large uniform background made up of a CRT screen and a 45x64 degrees wall, illuminated by computer controlled lamps. After an instant change in background color along a red-green or blue-yellow color axis, we measured thresholds for the detection of increments along the same axes at fixed times between 25 ms and 121 s. Analogously, color appearance was determined using achromatic matching. Three components of adaptation could be identified by their temporal characteristics. A slow exponential time course of adaptation with a half-life of about 20 s was common to appearance and discrimination. A faster component with a half-life of 40-70 ms--probably due to photoreceptor adaptation--was also common to both. Exclusive for color appearance, there was a third, extremely rapid mechanism with a half-life faster than 10 ms. This instantaneous process explained more than 50% of total adaptation for color appearance and could be shown to act in a multiplicative manner. We conclude that this instantaneous adaptation mechanism for color appearance is situated at a later processing stage, after mechanisms common to appearance and discrimination, and is based on multiplicative spatial interactions rather than on local, temporal adaptational processes. Color appearance, and thus color constancy, seems to be determined in large part by cortical computations.
O Rinner; K R Gegenfurtner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Vision research     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0042-6989     ISO Abbreviation:  Vision Res.     Publication Date:  2000  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-07-28     Completed Date:  2000-07-28     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0417402     Medline TA:  Vision Res     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1813-26     Citation Subset:  IM    
Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Kybernetik, Spemannstr. 38, D-72076, Tübingen, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Physiological / physiology*
Color Perception / physiology*
Contrast Sensitivity / physiology
Photoreceptor Cells / physiology
Time Factors
Visual Cortex / physiology
Visual Pathways / physiology

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