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Perception. 1986;15(6):755-63.

Similarity of normalized discrimination ellipses in the constant-luminance chromaticity plane.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla 92093.

Abstract

Discrimination steps were measured for three subjects, along oblique axes passing through nine points in a 25 td constant-luminance chromaticity plane. When plotted in a normalized cone-excitation chromaticity diagram, the best-fitting discrimination ellipses for a given subject have approximately the same shape and orientation regardless of the reference chromaticity. Their orientation is consistent with the hypothesis that excitation of B-cones affects the red-green opponent balance, otherwise determined by R- and G-cone excitations, in a manner independent of initial cone-excitation levels. The CIELAB formula predicts an orientation for normalized ellipses in agreement with the data, but it also predicts systematic changes in the ratio of minor to major axes which are not observed experimentally.

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