True color only exists in the eye of the observer

FW Cornelissen*, E Brenner, J Smeets

*Corresponding author for this work

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialAcademicpeer-review

    2 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    The colors we perceive are the outcome of an attempt to meaningfully order the spectral information from the environment. These colors are not the result of a straightforward mapping of a physical property to a sensation, but arise from an interaction between our environment and our visual system. Thus, although one may infer from a surface's reflectance characteristics that it will be perceived as "colored," true colors only arise by virtue of the interaction of the reflected light with the eye (and brain) of an observer.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)26-+
    Number of pages7
    JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
    Volume26
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Feb-2003

    Keywords

    • CHROMATIC INDUCTION
    • CONSTANCY
    • VISION
    • DEPRIVATION
    • MONKEY
    • PERCEPTION
    • GOLDFISH

    Cite this