Color perception requires a distinction between both chromatic colors and achromatic colors. These are funny terms: the first is redundant, the second is an oxymoron — colored colors and non-colored colors. This introduction looks at the perception of achromatic colors, sometimes called neutral colors or nonselective colors. By extension, the discussion includes the achromatic dimension of chromatic colors. For example, pink differs from maroon only on this dimension. The emphasis is on the perception of surface color, which is the property of an object, rather than on the perception of light. The perception of objective properties of the real, everyday world, not isolated patches of light in a dark laboratory, is explored.
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