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What Saunders and van Brakel chose to ignore in color and cognition research

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 August 2019

Kimberly A. Jameson
Department of Psychology, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0109


Saunders & van Brakel set out to review color science research and to topple the belief that color-vision neurophysiology sets strong deterministic constraints on the cognitive processing of color. Although their skeptism and mission are worthwhile, they fail to give proper treatment to (1) findings that dramatically support some positions they aim to tear down, (2) existing research that anticipates criticisms presented in their target article, and (3) the progress made in the area toward understanding the phenomenon. At the very minimum these oversights weaken the credibility of their arguments and leave the reader to wonder why their discussion ignores what is clearly omitted.

Open Peer Commentary
1997 Cambridge University Press

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