Multidimensional scaling reveals a color dimension unique to 'color-deficient' observers

Bosten, J M, Robinson, J D, Jordan, G and Mollon, J D (2005) Multidimensional scaling reveals a color dimension unique to 'color-deficient' observers. Current Biology, 15 (23). R950-R952. ISSN 0960-9822

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Normal color vision depends on the relative rates at which photons are absorbed in three types of retinal cone:short-wave (S), middle-wave (M) and long-wave (L) cones, maximally sensitive near 430, 530 and 560nm, respectively. But 6% of men exhibit an X-linked variant form of color vision called deuteranomaly [1]. Their color vision is thought to depend on S cones and two forms of long-wave cone (L, L′) [2,3]. The two types of L cone contain photopigments that are maximally sensitive near 560nm, but their spectral sensitivities are different enough that the ratio of their activations gives a useful chromatic signal.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: Q Science > QZ Psychology
Depositing User: Jenny Bosten
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2015 19:00
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 17:27

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