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Author (up) Sophie Wuerger; Kaida Xiao; Chenyang Fu; Dimosthenis Karatzas edit  doi
  Title Colour-opponent mechanisms are not affected by age-related chromatic sensitivity changes Type Journal Article
  Year 2010 Publication Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics Abbreviated Journal OPO  
  Volume 30 Issue 5 Pages 635-659  
  Abstract The purpose of this study was to assess whether age-related chromatic sensitivity changes are associated with corresponding changes in hue perception in a large sample of colour-normal observers over a wide age range (n = 185; age range: 18-75 years). In these observers we determined both the sensitivity along the protan, deutan and tritan line; and settings for the four unique hues, from which the characteristics of the higher-order colour mechanisms can be derived. We found a significant decrease in chromatic sensitivity due to ageing, in particular along the tritan line. From the unique hue settings we derived the cone weightings associated with the colour mechanisms that are at equilibrium for the four unique hues. We found that the relative cone weightings (w(L) /w(M) and w(L) /w(S)) associated with the unique hues were independent of age. Our results are consistent with previous findings that the unique hues are rather constant with age while chromatic sensitivity declines. They also provide evidence in favour of the hypothesis that higher-order colour mechanisms are equipped with flexible cone weightings, as opposed to fixed weights. The mechanism underlying this compensation is still poorly understood.  
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  Notes DAG; IF: 1.259 Approved no  
  Call Number Admin @ si @ WXF2010 Serial 1826  
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