Colour Perception: Mind and the physical world by Rainer Mausfeld

Colour Perception: Mind and the physical world

EditorRainer Mausfeld, Dieter Heyer

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Colour has long been a source of fascination to both scientists and philosophers. In one sense, colours are in the mind of the beholder, in another sense they belong to the external world. Colours appear to lie on the boundary where we have divided the world into 'objective' and 'subjective'events. They represent, more than any other attribute of our visual experience, a place where both physical and mental properties are interwoven in an intimate and enigmatic way. The last few decades have brought fascinating changes in the way that we think about 'colour' and the role 'colour' plays in our perceptual architecture. In Colour Perception: Mind and the physical world, leading scholars from cognitive psychology, philosophy, neurophysiology, and computationalvision provide an overview of the contemporary developments in our understanding of colours and of the relationship between the 'mental' and the 'physical'. With each chapter followed by critical commentaries, the volume presents a lively and accessible picture of the intellectual traditions whichhave shaped research into colour perception. Written in a non-technical style and accessible to an interdisciplinary audience, the book will provide an invaluable resource for researchers in colour perception and the cognitive sciences.

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Rainer Mausfeld is a Professor of Psychology, University of Kiel, Germany. Dieter Heyer is a Professor of Psychology, Martin-Luther-Universitat Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.

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Title:Colour Perception: Mind and the physical worldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:538 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 1.3 inPublished:December 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198505000

ISBN - 13:9780198505006

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Koenderink and van Dorn: Perspectives on colour spaceCommentaries:MacLeod: From physics to perception through colorimetry: a bridge too far?Whittle: Colorimetry fortified2. Webster: Light adaptation, contrast adaptation, and human colour visionCommentary:Faul: Adaptation and the ambiguity of response measures with respect to internal structure3. Whittle: Contrast coloursCommentaries:Webster: A background to colour visionIrtel: Contrast coding and what else?4. D'Zmura: Colour and the processing of chromatic informationCommentary:Maloney: The processing of chromatic information5. MacLeod and von der Twer: The pleistochrome: optimal opponent codes for natural coloursCommentary:Webster: Thinking outside the black box6. Hatfield: Objectivity and subjectivity revisited: colour as a psychobiological propertyCommentary:Whittle: Why is this game still being played?7. MacLeod and Golz: A computational analysis of colour constancyCommentary:Maloney: The importance of realistic models of surface and light in the study of human colour vision8. Brown: Backgrounds and illuminants: the yin and yang of colour constancyCommentaries:Hoffman: Colour constructionMaloney: Fitting linear models to data9. Maloney: Surface colour perception and environmental constraintsCommentaries:Hatfield: On the function of colour visionJacob: Intrinsic colours - and what it is like to see them10. Brainard, Kraft and Longere: Colour constancy: developing empirical tests of computational modelsCommentaries:Maloney: Surface colour perception and its environmentsEkroll and Golz: Comparing the behaviour of machine vision algorithms and human observers11. Maloney and Yang: The illuminant estimation hypothesis and surface colour perceptionCommentary:Brainard: Surface colour appearance in nearly natural images12. Hoffman: The interaction of colour and motionCommentary:Brown: The interaction of perceived colour and perceived motion13. Mausfeld: 'Colour' as part of the format of different perceptual primitives: The dual coding of colourCommentaries:MacLeod: Phenomenology and mechanismHoffman: An internalist account of colour14. Gilchrist: The importance of errors in perception15. Schwartz: Avoiding errors about errorCommentaries:Gilchrist: Deconstructing the concept of error?Whittle: Talking across the divideBrown: On the veridicality of lightness perception16. McLaughlin: The place of colour in natureCommentaries:Atherton: Asking about the nature of colourWhittle: Who dictates what is realIndex