Sensitivity to Light and Color

  • Markus Groß
Part of the Computer Graphics: Systems and Applications book series (COMPUTER GRAPH.)


Since human visual dynamics enclose a luminance range of about 130 dB it is not possible for the eye to modulate this range simultaneously. It has to provide several control mechanisms to manage the luminous dynamics. The visual system calculates a mean value for the illumination of the visual field (adaptation luminance) and controls its actual sensitivity according to that value. This mechanism is called global adaptation. When only parts of the retina are individually adjusted then it is called local adaptation.


Color Space Contrast Sensitivity Stereo Match Optical Illusion Retinal Position 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus Groß
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  1. 1.Computer Science Department Swiss Federal Institute of TechnologyETH ZürichZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Computer Graphics Center (Zentrum für Graphische Datenverarbeitung - ZGDV)DarmstadtGermany

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