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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

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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

Chapter 5 The Arrangement of Land M Cones in Human and a Primate Retina

J. K. Bowmaker, J. W. L. Parry, and J. D. Mollon

Section 2 Retinal Processes

Section 3 Spatial and Temporal Aspects of Colour Perception

Chapter 13 Reaction Times to Stimuli in Isoluminant Colour Space

D. J. Mckeefry, N. R. A. Parry, and D I. J. Murray

Chapter 14 Integration Times Reveal Mechanisms Responding to Isoluminant Chromatic Gratings: A Two-Centre Visual Evoked Potential Study

A. G. Robson, J. J. Kulikowski, M. Korostenskaja, M. M. Neveu, C. R. Hogg, and G. E. Holder

Chapter 15 Temporal Frequency and Contrast Adaptation

G. Shapiro, S. Mary Hood, and J. D. Mollon

Section 4 Rods and Colour Vision

Chapter 19 The Influence of Rods on Colour Naming During Dark Adaptation

Janice L. Nerger, Vicki J. Volbrecht, and Kristin A. Haase

Section 5 Natural Scenes and Colour Constancy

Chapter 22 Tritanopic Colour Constancy Under Daylight Changes?

David H. Foster, Kinjiro Amano, and SÉrgio M. C. Nascimento

Section 6 Colour, Space, Sand — Their Vaiation

Chapter 28 Macular Pigment: Nature’s Notch Filter

J. D. Moreland, and S. Westland

Chapter 29 How to Find a Tritan Line

H. E. Smithson, P. Sumner, and J. D. Mollon

Section 7 Inherited Colour Deficiency: Molecular Genetics

Chapter 31 Genotypic Variation in Multi-Gene Dichromats

S. S. Deeb, W. Jagla, H. Jägle, T. Hayashi, and L. T. Sharpe

Chapter 32 Hybrid Pigment Genes, Dichromacy, and Anomalous Trichromacy

Wolfgang Jagla, Tanja Breitsprecher, Itala Kucsera, Gyula Kovacs, Bernd Wissinger, Samir S. Deeb, and Lindsay T. Sharpe

Section 8 Inherited Colour Deficiency: Psychophysics and Tests

Chapter 34 Preliminary Norms for the Cambridge Colour Test

D. F. Ventura, L. C. L. Silveira, A. R. Rodrigues, J. M. De Souza, M. Gualtieri, D. Bonci, and M. F. Costa

Section 9 Acquired Deficiencies of Colour Vision

Chapter 40 Effects of Retinal Detachment on S And M Cone Function In An Animal Model

Gerald H Jacobs, Jack B. Calderone, Tsutomu Sakai, Geoffrey P. Lewis, and Steven K. Fisher

Chapter 41 Colour Vision in Central Serous Chorioretinopathy

Maija MÄntyjÄrvi, and Tarja Maaranen

Chapter 42 Early Vision Loss in Diabetic Patients Assessed by the Cambridge Colour Test

D. F. Ventura, M. F. Costa, M. Gualtieri, M. Nishi, M. Bernick, D. Bonci, and J. M. De Souza

Chapter 43 Colour-Vision Disturbances in Patients With Arterial Hypertension

Anke Schröder, Carl Erb, Stefan Falk, Gabriele Schwartze, Jörg Radermacher, and Rolf Winter

Chapter 44 Visual Dysfunction Following Mercury Exposure By Breathing Mercury Vapour Or By Eating Mercury-Contaminated Food

Luiz Carlos L. Silveira, Enira Terezinha B. Damin, Maria Da ConceiÇÃO N. Pinheiro, Anderson R. Rodrigues, Ana Laura A. Moura, Maria Izabel T. CÔRtes, and Guilherme A. Mello

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