December 2014
Volume 14, Issue 15
OSA Fall Vision Meeting Abstract  |   December 2014
A chromatic channel in which short-wave and long-wave cone signals are opposed to middle-wave cone signals?
Author Affiliations
  • Marina Danilova
    Laboratory of Visual Physiology, I.P. Pavlov Institute of Physiology
  • John Mollon
    Department of Experimental Psychology, Cambridge University
Journal of Vision December 2014, Vol.14, 19. doi:
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      Marina Danilova, John Mollon; A chromatic channel in which short-wave and long-wave cone signals are opposed to middle-wave cone signals?. Journal of Vision 2014;14(15):19. doi:

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The locus of unique blues, white, and unique yellow divides colour space into two colour categories: those with reddish hues and those with greenish hues. We have shown that colour discrimination is optimal at this fundamental boundary under adaptation to a metamer of D65 (Danilova, Mollon, 2012, Vision Research, 56, 162). We suggested that both the phenomenological boundary and the locus of optimal discrimination correspond to the equilibrium state of a channel that draws signals of one sign from long- and short-wave cones and of opposite sign from middle-wave cones. The present experiment asked whether the phenomenological equilibrium and the locus of optimal discrimination would be concomitantly shifted by chromatic induction. Our inducing fields resembled those of Monnier and Shevell (2004, Vision Research, 44, 849). A target annulus was embedded within concentric rings of alternating chromaticities. The eye was adapted to D65. The inducing fields were of the same brief duration as the target (150 ms) but were dimmer: our reasoning was that colour induction depends on ratio signals and thus dim inducers may be as effective as bright ones, while casting less stray light into the target annulus. We measured 2AFC discrimination thresholds along lines orthogonal to the red-green boundary. In interleaved runs, the subjective hue boundary was measured empirically for each condition and for each observer. The phenomenological and the performance measures were similarly displaced. We propose that both depend on the same neural channel and that chromatic induction shifts the equilibrium point of this channel.


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