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Seeing Black and White$
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Alan Gilchrist

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195187168

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195187168.001.0001

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Concluding Thoughts

Concluding Thoughts

(p.360) 13 Concluding Thoughts
Seeing Black and White

Alan Gilchrist

Oxford University Press

This chapter draws conclusions from the current evidence regarding lightness perception. It is argued that the twin assumptions of raw sensations and their cognitive interpretation have undermined progress and should be discarded. Three sources of motivation for theories of lightness are described: physiology, veridicality, and error. The strengths and weaknesses of each are analyzed, and the current challenges for lightness theory are addressed.

Keywords:   lightness, lightness theories, brightness, sensations, physiology, veridicality, lightness errors

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