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Color Vision, Computational Methods for

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The study of color vision has been aided by a whole battery of computational methods that attempt to describe the mechanisms that lead to our perception of colors in terms of the information-processing properties of the visual system. Their scope is highly interdisciplinary, linking apparently dissimilar disciplines such as mathematics, physics, computer science, neuroscience, cognitive science, and psychology. Since the sensation of color is a feature of our brains, computational approaches usually include biological features of neural systems in their descriptions, from retinal light-receptor interaction to subcortical color opponency, cortical signal decoding, and color categorization. They produce hypotheses that are usually tested by behavioral or psychophysical experiments.

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Although the sensation of hue is an invention of our brains, it nevertheless allows us to identify...


Receptive Field Color Vision Human Visual System Lateral Geniculate Nucleus Color Constancy 
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  1. 1.Computer Vision Centre/Computer Science DepartmentUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain