Psychophysics and Colour Naming

  • Don Dedrick
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 274)


This chapter provides a simplified account of opponent colours theory—a theory which is often invoked to explain the psychological salience of the chromatic prototypes, the linguistic salience of basic colour terms, and, also, the colour categories they are prototypical/focal for.1 It is best to define certain technical terms and to discuss some of their implications immediately.


Colour Naming Colour Category Phenomenal Colour Focal Colour Chromatic Response 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Don Dedrick
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of VictoriaCanada

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