Seeing Color Through Different Eyes - Individual Differences in Human Color Perception

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Seeing Color Through Different Eyes - Individual Differences in Human Color Perception

Hosted By: Color Technical Group

4 June 2020, 12:00 - 13:00

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Even among observers with normal color vision, color sensitivity and perception can vary widely. These differences arise at many levels, from well-characterized variations in the spectral sensitivities of the cone receptors to still-mysterious factors affecting how people experience and name colors.

In this webinar hosted by the OSA Color Technical Group, Professor Mike Webster (University of Reno, Nevada) will provide an overview of individual differences in color vision, how they can be studied, and why they matter for understanding or working with color. The webinar will also explore visual processes that compensate for sensitivity variations, contributing to constancy in color percepts both within and between observers despite seeing the world through different eyes.

What You Will Learn:

  • Basics of human color vision
  • Individual differences in how we see color
  • Implications of individual differences for color discrimination and color appearance


Who Should Attend:

  • Students, researchers and professionals interested in color vision
  • Anyone interested in understanding how color vision and color perception differs between individuals


About the Presenter: Michael Webster, University of Nevada, Reno

Michael Webster is a vision scientist who studies the cognitive and neural processes that underlie how we see. Much of his work focuses on characterizing how our perception adapts when the environment changes (e.g we move to a drier climate) or we change (e.g. as we age). He has discovered a number of novel and influential forms of adaptation, affecting how we see colors, how we correct for blurry vision, and how our perception of someone's face depends on the faces we have seen previously.