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Title: Effects of adapting luminance and CCT on appearance of white and degree of chromatic adaptation
Authors: Wei, MC 
Chen, SY 
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Optical Society of America
Source: Optics express, 18 Mar. 2019, v. 27, no. 6, p. 9276-9286 How to cite?
Journal: Optics express 
Abstract: Past studies reported that the degree of chromatic adaptation was affected by viewing medium and adapting luminance. In this study, human observers adjusted the color appearance of a stimulus produced by a self-luminous display to make it appear as white as possible under different adapting conditions, whose adapting luminance and Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) levels were systematically varied. Though an identical display was used as the viewing medium, the chromaticities adjusted under the high adapting luminance levels were generally around the adapting chromaticities, which was similar to the findings in the past studies using reflective surface color samples as the viewing medium. This suggested that the effect of the viewing medium, as reported in the past studies, was actually the effect of viewing mode, due to the change in adapting luminance. Furthermore, the adapting luminance and CCT were found to jointly affect the degree of chromatic adaptation, with a stronger effect of adapting luminance under a lower adapting CCT.
EISSN: 1094-4087
DOI: 10.1364/OE.27.009276
Rights: © 2019 Optical Society of America under the terms of the OSA Open Access Publishing Agreement (
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