Light, color and vision
Color interactions: Simultaneous contrast
Peripheral vision
Luminance and equiluminance

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Sponsored by a grant to Brandeis University from the U. S. Department of Education — FIPSE (Funds for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education)

Supervised by Dr. Michael Henchman. Portions of this exhibit where created by Michael Douma for the "WebExhibits Museum." An alternative version of this exhibit, based on this exhibit, but not supervised by Michael Henchman, is available online, at

Key sources & contributors

Livingstone is Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. She studies vision using anatomy, physiology, and human perception. Livingstone has a special interest in how the eye and brain use color and luminance information. She is also involved in studies of dyslexia and visual processing. Many of the insights presented in this exhibit on luminance and peripheral vision are based on her work.

Lustig is an artist based in New York City. She specializes in abstract painting and photography, as well as hand-colored photography. She has a BFA from Brooklyn College. Exhibitions include: MOMA (New York), Queens Museum of Art, A.I.R., Tompkins Square, PaintBox (nyc). Lustig is interested in examining the relationships of painting to life. She contributed the recolored paintings in this exhibit.

Zeki is professor of Neurobiology at UCL and cohead of the Wellcome Dept of Cognitive Neurology. A Fellow of the Royal Society and member of the American Philosophical Society, he specializes in studying the visual brain. Recently, he has extended his work to include visual art, about which he has published articles and two books, Inner Vision, and La Quête de l'Essentiel, coauthored with the late French painter, Balthus. Many of the insights presented in this exhibit on receptive fields and visual centers are based on his work

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