Color categories only affect post-perceptual processes when same- and different-category colors are equally discriminable

He, Xun, Witzel, Christoph, Forder, Lewis, Clifford, Alexandra and Franklin, Anna (2014) Color categories only affect post-perceptual processes when same- and different-category colors are equally discriminable. Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 31 (4). A322-A331. ISSN 1084-7529

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Abstract

Prior claims that color categories affect color perception are confounded by inequalities in the color space used to equate same- and different-category colors. Here, we equate same- and different-category colors in the number of just-noticeable differences, and measure event-related potentials (ERPs) to these colors on a visual oddball task to establish if color categories affect perceptual or post-perceptual stages of processing. Category effects were found from 200 ms after color presentation, only in ERP components that reflect post-perceptual processes (e.g., N2, P3). The findings suggest that color categories affect post-perceptual processing, but do not affect the perceptual representation of color.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Depositing User: Anna Franklin
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2014 09:06
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2014 12:06
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/48990
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