The influence of depicted illumination on brightness.

  title={The influence of depicted illumination on brightness.},
  author={Sheila M. Williams and Allison N. McCoy and Dale Purves},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={95 22},
The striking illusions produced by simultaneous brightness contrast generally are attributed to the center-surround receptive field organization of lower order neurons in the primary visual pathway. Here we show that the apparent brightness of test objects can be either increased or decreased in a predictable manner depending on how light and shadow are portrayed in the scene. This evidence suggests that perceptions of brightness are generated empirically by experience with luminance… CONTINUE READING

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