Format of Abstracts

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Chromatic discrimination of world leaders


Institut de la Confrontation Internationale et de l' Apaisement, Université Lyon XIII, Lyon 69010, France

Recent events have led to the suggestion that world leaders are seeing less "red". To evaluate the hypothesis that changing political climate influences early mechanisms of chromatic discrimination, two experiments were performed on a sample of world leaders during a specially convened UN session. In a triple-blind study, 30 world leaders performed monocular Rayleigh matches and made unique yellow settings. One third were from former communist-bloc countries, one third from currently communist countries and one third from countries whose governments had not changed during the last 20 years. The necessary two-thirds of the participants agreed in principle to signing the consent forms provided that ratification or submission to a referendum in the home country could occur at an ulterior date and that they not be required to take a position on the Duplicity Theory. Initially, each observer performed 10 matches on a Nagel Type 2 Anomaloscope. Matching ranges were estimated using a forced-choice, no-veto procedure. Unique yellow matches were obtained by extinguishing the 589 nm field and letting observers simply adjust the mixture field. The results were analyzed with a linear mixed-effects model. Two observers were excluded as being color defective, one showing protanopia, the other deuteranomaly with a narrow matching range. No effect of midpoint or matching range was found (p > 0.05). It was deemed necessary on ethical grounds to conceal large differences in the unique yellow settings (p < 0.001) to prevent an international incident. Although no significant effects were obtained, the possibility that a "red"-bias might occur under twilight conditions could not be excluded (Thomas and Buck, 2004).

Thomas, L. P. & Buck, S. L. (2004) Visual Neuroscience, 21, 257-262.

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We are pleased to announce that the ICVS proceedings from the 2005 meeting in Lyon will be
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