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Perception. 2005;34(8):995-1002.

Colour matching of isoluminant samples and backgrounds: a model.

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Institute of Material and Applied Science, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania.


A cone-opponent-based vector model is used to derive the activity in the red-green, yellow-blue, and achromatic channels during a sequential asymmetric colour-matching experiment. Forty Munsell samples, simulated under illuminant C, were matched with their appearance under eight test illuminants. The test samples and backgrounds were photometrically isoluminant with each other. According to the model, the orthogonality of the channels is revealed when test illuminants lie along either red-green or yellow blue cardinal axes. The red green and yellow-blue outputs of the channels are described in terms of the hue of the sample. The fact that the three-channel model explains the data in a colour-matching experiment indicates that an early form of colour processing is mediated at a site where the three channels converge, probably the input layer of V1.

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