Chapter 3. From Light to Color

  1. Rolf G. Kuehni

Published Online: 28 JAN 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0471687448.ch3

Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Second Edition

Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Second Edition

How to Cite

Kuehni, R. G. (2004) From Light to Color, in Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471687448.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JAN 2005
  2. Published Print: 8 OCT 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471660064

Online ISBN: 9780471687443

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Keywords:

  • adaptation;
  • color opponency;
  • cones;
  • lateral geniculate nucleus;
  • neurobiology;
  • optic nerve;
  • primary visual center;
  • retina;
  • rods

Summary

This chapter presents a brief overview of what is known about the operation of the human eye and, specifically, the color vision system. The flow of information is traced from the interaction of light with the cones in the eye, via post-retinal cells and the lateral geniculate nucleus to the primary visual centers in the back of the brain. There are additional areas in the cortex where visual maps are known to exist for purposes as yet unknown. The spectral sensitivities of the four cell types are shown and mention is made of the lack of simple correlation between absorption of light in these cells and the resulting visual experiences.