Color‐vision theory and linear models of color vision

Robert W. Massof

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This article presents an overview of linear color‐vision models and presents a review of a general vision theory that provides for the derivation of linear models from an initial set of basic assumptions. The general theory specifies that the input and output terms of linear color‐vision models are to be regarded as stimulus and sensory perturbations, respectively, rather than as absolute stimulus and sensory magnitudes. The general theory also specifies that the weighting coefficients of linear color‐vision models correspond to first‐order derivatives of some set of nonlinear functions that represent the state of the visual system. The general theory provides a unifying framework that connects linear color‐vision models with linear models for spatial and temporal aspects of vision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-146
Number of pages14
JournalColor Research & Application
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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