Multidimensional scaling of subjective colors by color-blind observers

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Temporal coding theories of color vision suggest explanations of flicker-induced subjective colors such as those that appear on Benham's disk. If color blindness were due simply to photopigment anomalies, then subjective colors might be elicited by central patterns of neural activity in color-blind observers that mimic those which the cones normally produce in colornormal observers. We had color-normal and color-blind observers scale subjective colors like those on Benham's disk for similarity. The inferred color spaces for six normal observers resembled the familiar hue circle, but the spaces for five red-green-deficient observers were compressed along the red-green axis. This is consistent with the position that flicker colors are due to retinal processes, and suggests that color blindness may involve variations of the central nervous system in addition to photopigment anomalies. © 1977 Psychonomic Society, Inc.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • White, CW; Lockhead, GR; Evans, NJ

Published Date

  • November 1, 1977

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 522 - 526

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-5962

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-5117

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3758/BF03198732

Citation Source

  • Scopus