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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

About Color Vision

The distribution of cone types, types of cells in the retina that detect different wavelengths of light, varies greatly among different individuals, says University of Rochester professor David Williams. Williams and his team used a laser-based system to catch images of the retinas of living humans. While the study participants picked nearly the same "best example" of yellow from color samples, the cones that detect red, green and yellow were sometimes richly dispersed across the retina and sometimes barely present. The divergence was 40:1. "That points to some kind of normalization or auto-calibration mechanism [...] that balances the colors for you no matter what the hardware is", says team member Heidi Hofer. Read the rest of this article >>

3 comments:

Andrew Cullison said...

"That points to some kind of normalization or auto-calibration mechanism"...or spectrum inversion...;-)

Brit Brogaard said...

Right! In fact, doesn't auto-calibration require spectrum shifting?

Andrew Cullison said...

Sure seems like it to me.