A model of colour processing in the retina of vertebrates: From photoreceptors to colour opposition and colour constancy phenomena

  • Herault J
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Abstract

Starting with a biological model of the foveal and parafoveal regions of the retina, this paper shows that simple considerations about the spatiotemporal filtering processed by the retinal neural network can account for colour processing at the level of early vision. We establish that the Red, Green, Blue signal can be considered as a low-pass luminance signal plus a colour-modulated signal. The structure of the Outer- and Inner Plexiform Layers of the retina leads to spatial low- and high-pass filters which account for the achromatic and transient characteristics of the Y ganglion cells as well as for the spatiotemporal colour-opponent properties of X ganglion cells. Considering this property and the logarithmic transduction of photoreceptors, it is easy to postulate that, after the retina at the level of the Lateral Geniculate Nucleus, a simple low-pass filtering can pave the way to the well known colour constancy phenomenon.

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  • Biological neural networks
  • Colour processing
  • Retinal modelling
  • Vision

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