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Color for Science, Art and Technology by Kurt Nassau

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chapter 3

Color Vision

John Krauskopf    New York University New York NY, USA

3.1 Introduction

In this chapter we discuss the physiological basis of color vision and the methods of studying the psychophysics of color vision. The first topic includes an overview of the anatomy of the visual system (the eye, the lateral geniculate nucleus and the visual cortex) and an account of some of the results of electrophysiological investigations of the visual system. We then go on to the psychophysics of color vision. The mathematics of color matching is presented and color appearance of the complex arrays of everyday vision is considered. The changes in visual sensitivity produced by viewing both steady and time varying stimuli are discussed. The role of eye ...

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