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Colour Perception: Mind and the physical world

Rainer Mausfeld and Dieter Heyer


Colour has long been a source of fascination to both scientists and philosophers. In one sense, colours are in the mind of the beholder, in another sense they belong to the external world. Colours appear to lie on the boundary where we have divided the world into ‘objective’ and ‘subjective’ events. They represent, more than any other attribute of our visual experience, a place where both physical and mental properties are interwoven in an intimate and enigmatic way. The last few decades have brought fascinating changes in the way that we think about ‘colour’ and the role ‘colour’ plays in our ... More

Keywords: colour, objective, subjective, visual experience, mental, physical, colour perception

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198505006
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198505006.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rainer Mausfeld, editor
Professor of Psychology, University of Kiel, Germany

Dieter Heyer, editor
Professor of Psychology, Martin-Luther-Universitt Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

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