The Illuminant Estimation Hypothesis and Surface Colour Perception

Laurence T. Maloney, Joong Nam Yang

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Abstract

The degree of surface colour constancy that we experience depends on viewing conditions: under some circumstances, we have essentially none, and under others, we show a remarkable, nearly perfect, degree of constancy. This chapter considers an analogous explanation for failures and successes of surface colour perception, based on the illuminant estimation hypothesis. An evident implication of this illuminant estimation hypothesis is that the number and strength of illuminant cues present in a scene limit the degree of colour constancy possible: little colour constancy is possible in scenes devoid of illuminant cues. If a colour visual system fails to make use of the cues available, we would also expect errors in surface colour perception as a consequence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationColour Perception: Mind and the Physical World
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780191686764, 9780198505006
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StatePublished - Mar 22 2012

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Keywords

  • Colour constancy
  • Colour perception
  • Colour visual system
  • Constancy
  • Illuminant cues
  • Illuminant estimation hypothesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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Maloney, L. T., & Yang, J. N. (2012). The Illuminant Estimation Hypothesis and Surface Colour Perception. In Colour Perception: Mind and the Physical World Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198505006.003.0011

The Illuminant Estimation Hypothesis and Surface Colour Perception. / Maloney, Laurence T.; Yang, Joong Nam.

Colour Perception: Mind and the Physical World. Oxford University Press, 2012.

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Maloney, LT & Yang, JN 2012, The Illuminant Estimation Hypothesis and Surface Colour Perception. in Colour Perception: Mind and the Physical World. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198505006.003.0011
Maloney LT, Yang JN. The Illuminant Estimation Hypothesis and Surface Colour Perception. In Colour Perception: Mind and the Physical World. Oxford University Press. 2012 https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198505006.003.0011
Maloney, Laurence T. ; Yang, Joong Nam. / The Illuminant Estimation Hypothesis and Surface Colour Perception. Colour Perception: Mind and the Physical World. Oxford University Press, 2012.
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