Abstract

There is a growing use of color monitor systems in visual research and a parallel growth in the use of cone-excitation space to define stimuli and to report data. Color specification in monitor systems is accomplished by combination of the phosphor chromaticities. The effect of interobserver variation on color specification is highly dependent on the spectroradiometric properties of the primaries. We review potential sources of biologic variability and its effect on the nominal axes in a cone-excitation diagram for a color monitor system. Variation in preretinal pigment (lens and macular pigment), in the effective optical density and the spectral sensitivity of the visual photopigments, and in the cone weighting used to derive the spectral luminosity function are considered. The consequences of such biological variability are rotation and translation of the axes for a given observer relative to the nominal axes that the observer used for color specification. The importance of such rotations can be viewed within the framework of a particular experimental paradigm.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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