Abstract

A yellow stimulus turns brown when it is made sufficiently darker than its surroundings. Most previous studies have used simple contiguous surround stimuli to induce brown, so we know little about how brown induction may be controlled by more distant and more complex surround features. We begin to address this issue by varying the complexity of two configurations of achromatic surround stimuli. It was shown that the area most immediately contiguous to the test stimulus has strong effects on brown induction. More importantly, we found that neither the number of surround features nor the distribution of light in the surround region had an effect on brown induction, as long as the overall size of the surround region remained constant. Instead, we found that brown induction depended on the total amount of light in the constant-size surround region, regardless of how that light was distributed. This potentially distinguishes the mechanisms of brown induction from those of brightness induction.

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