Hemispheric differences in color perception: relative versus absolute frequency levels, implications and possible applications

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Michael McCormick (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
John J. Seta

Abstract: Four experiments tested a proposed extension of Double Filtering by Frequency theory by examining whether the left and right hemispheres of the human brain are differentially sensitive to high and low electromagnetic frequencies, respectively, and whether this effect is primarily based on relative or absolute frequency levels. Experiments 1 and 2 provided initial support by replicating a known hemispheric effect using different background colors. Experiments 3 and 4 provided converging evidence by varying visual field presentation and measuring participant's reaction times. These findings indicate that the right hemisphere is relatively more sensitive to low frequency colors, whereas the left hemisphere is more sensitive to high frequency ones. The findings also suggest that this difference is primarily based on absolute frequency levels. Implications and possible applications are discussed.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2013
Double Filtering by Frequency theory, Brain
Visual perception $x Testing
Color vision $x Testing
Cerebral hemispheres

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