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Color Ontology and Color Science$
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Jonathan Cohen and Mohan Matthen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013857

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013857.001.0001

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Color Spaces and Color Order Systems: A Primer

Color Spaces and Color Order Systems: A Primer

(p.2) (p.3) 1 Color Spaces and Color Order Systems: A Primer
Color Ontology and Color Science

Rolf G. Kuehni

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the ordering of color percepts, and starts by presenting an overview of the critical issues surrounding the topic and by examining the relationship between stimuli and percepts. Certain types of variability were found by experimental psychology in the relationship between stimulus and response as a result of observation conditions. In the twentieth century, the view that the normal human color-vision system has a standard implementation and that all perceptual data are appropriately treated with normal statistical distribution methodology became the standard paradigm. However, the idea that the large number of color percepts humans can experience must fit into some kind of ordering system is an old one, going as far back to Aristotle and his proposed color categories based on a scale of chromatic colors between white and black. The strengths and limitations of the more recently developed kinds of color order systems are also touched upon here.

Keywords:   color percepts, stimuli, experimental psychology, observation conditions, human color-vision system, statistical distribution methodology, ordering system, Aristotle, scale of chromatic colors

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