A Generalized “Discounting the Background” Model Extending the Traditional Grassmannian Approach to Colour Vision

  • Rainer Mausfeld
  • Reinhard Niederée
Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)


The paper gives a short account of a new model for asymmetric colour matching. It generalizes affine models previously proposed in the literature, starting from Walraven’s (1976) “discounting the background” principle. The characteristic feature of the model proposed is that it allows different v.Kries-type multiplicative transformations for increments and decrements. Due to the qualitative laws implied, the model is particularly attractive from a measurement-theoretic ‘Grassmannian’ perspective. Some empirical and theoretical aspects of the model are briefly discussed.


VISion Research Colour Vision Spectral Energy Distribution Mathematical Psychology Multiplicative Coefficient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rainer Mausfeld
    • 2
  • Reinhard Niederée
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychological InstituteUniversity of BonnBonn 1Germany
  2. 2.University of BonnGermany

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