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Normal and Defective Colour Vision
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Normal and Defective Colour Vision

John D. Mollon, Joel Pokorny, and Ken Knoblauch


The topic of colour vision is one that integrates research from psychology, neuroscience, biology, ophthalmology, physics, and genetics. How do we make sense of colour in the world, and how has such an ability evolved in humans? How are colours discriminated by the retina, and how does the brain interpret chromatic information? How can our genes influence the way in which we perceive colours? Why do some people have problems perceiving colours, and what occupational difficulties may they face? In what ways is colour vision altered by disease or toxins? The editors of this book have brought tog ... More

Keywords: colour vision, ophthalmology, genetics, neuroscience, humans, retina, chromatic information, disease, toxins, perception of colour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198525301
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525301.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John D. Mollon, editor
University of Cambridge, UK

Joel Pokorny, editor
University of Chicago, USA

Ken Knoblauch, editor
Inserm Unit 371, Cerveau et Vision, Lyon

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Section 1 Photoreceptors and their Evolution

Section 2 Retinal Processes

Section 3 Spatial and Temporal Aspects of Colour Perception

Section 4 Rods and Colour Vision

Section 5 Natural Scenes and Colour Constancy

Section 6 Colour, Space, Sand — Their Vaiation

Section 7 Inherited Colour Deficiency: Molecular Genetics

Section 8 Inherited Colour Deficiency: Psychophysics and Tests

Section 9 Acquired Deficiencies of Colour Vision

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