HUMAN RESPONSE: COLOR VISION AND PERCEPTION


42. Frisby, John P. Seeing: Illusion, Brain and Mind. Oxford:

Oxford University Press, 1980. 160 pp. Index, bibl., B/W illus, color

illus. ISBN 0-19-217672-2.

        This book, which the author tells us started out as The General

Reader’s Fun Book of Visual Illusions, is a remarkably compelling account

of how humans perceive their environment. Although the professed subject

is illusion, most of the text addresses how, what, why, when, and where

one sees, and discusses the interrelationship of psychological and

physiological vision. The reader can enjoy this lively book for the many

excellent illustrations of visual illusions or can read in depth about why the

illusions work and how they relate to the body of knowledge on vision.

Special eyeglasses with one red lens and one green lens for experiments of

perception of three dimensions are provided. Though color itself is not

given special emphasis, interesting color information related to vision and

perception is included throughout the book.


43. Gregory, Richard L. Eye and Brain: The Psychology of

Seeing. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966. 255 pp. Index, bibl.,

endnotes/footnotes, B/W illus, color illus. ISBN 0-07-024661-0.

        This broad overview of perception looks closely at the physiological

aspects of vision, concentrating on how the eye sees and on the visual

regions of the brain. Within this clearly presented text is an excellent 15-

page chapter titled “Seeing Color” that reviews investigations of color vision

and resulting theories from Sir Isaac Newton to Edwin Land. There also is

a discussion of color perception deficiencies.


44. Held, Richard, ed. Image, Object and Illusion. San Francisco: W. H.

Freeman, 1974. Readings from the Scientific American 137 pp. Index,

bibl., B/W illus., color anus. ISBN 0-7167-0505-2.

        This collection of Scientific American articles on visual perception

includes a 28-page chapter on color. The discussion of' color and contrast

gives information on transparency illusion by Fabrio Metelli and visual

illusions by Richard Gregory. Other articles address texture, perspective,

and form analysis. Many excellent illustrations increase the effectiveness

of the book, which contains information on specific perception aspects of

color but no general overview of the topic.


45. Hurvich, Leo M., et al. Color Vision. Washington, D. C.: National

Academy of Sciences, 1973. 24 pp. Bibl., endnotes/footnotes, B/W illus.

ISBN 0-309-02105-7.

        Six papers given at a 1971 symposium presented by the Committee

on Vision, Division of Behavioral Sciences of the National Research

Council, address subjects related to color perception. Leo M. Hurvich

considers congenital and acquired color perception deficiencies. Helen M.

Paulson compares vision tests used by the armed forces. Deane B. Judd

looks at visual signaling that requires detection and identification of a light

or object with a previously established meaning. Abraham Anson discusses

aerial photograph interpretation. John E. Flynn considers color, pattern,

and other visual influences in architecture. Waldron Faulkner writes on

color in architecture.


46. Katz, David, The World of Color. Translated by R. B. MacLeod and C.

W. Fox. London: Kegan Paul, 1935. 300 pp. Index, endnotes/footnotes,

glossary, B/W illus.

        Color perception and color constancy, of primary concern to Katz,

are introduced in relation to the appearance of color and illumination. Both

subjective and surface color are considered. A classic and much-cited

work, this book is scholarly and well-documented, though there are few

illustrations. The writing style is formal, perhaps the result of translation

from the German.


47. Teevan, Richard C. and Robert C. Birney, eds. Color Vision: An

Enduring Problem in Psychology. Princeton, NJ: Van Nostrand, 1961.

214 pp. Bibl., endnotes/footnotes, B/W illus.

        Color perception is the topic that unifies 17 selected readings. The

first section includes writings, sometimes excerpted, by Young, Helmholtz,

Hering, Ladd-Franklin, and other color vision theorists. The second part is

devoted to selected works by post- 1920 theorists. The primary value of this

anthology is that it provides easy access to pre-1960s original sources in

one convenient reference book.


48. Weintraub, Daniel I., and Edward L. Walker. Perception.

Belmont, California: Brooks, Cole, 1966. Basic Concepts in Psychology

Series. 103 pp. Index, bibl., B/W illus., color illus.

        Approximately one-fourth of this book consists of precise and

refreshingly clear explanations of color theory and perception, with

considerable attention given to the subjective nature of color. The remainder

of the book addresses perception theories including Gestalt psychology, as

applied to two and three dimensional design. This concise book is an

enduring “classic” that is essential reading for the serious color design

student or professional.


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