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The Development of Color Perception
Color is a pervasive aspect of our visual world that affects perception, cognition and behavior in a myriad of ways. Color is used to identify, search and communicate about objects. Color is highly associative - people feel strongly about it, loving some colors and hating others even when shown as a simple patch. Color also affects performance on cognitive tasks, creativity and social interaction. Given this, understanding how humans see and think about color is an important part of understanding the complexity of the human mind. Investigating color perception in infancy and its developmental trajectory is a useful tool for revealing the origins and underlying mechanisms of various aspects of color perception, as well as a useful way to test and form theories of perceptual development more generally.

In this webinar, Anna Franklin and Alice Skelton will discuss the methods and challenges of measuring color perception in infants and young children, providing example footage from infant testing sessions. They will outline how infants and young children see color, drawing together findings on a range of perceptual phenomena such as constancy, categorization, preference and environmental tuning. The theoretical implications for adult models of color perception will be identified. Finally, examples will be given of how the research has been applied to develop a new pediatric test of color vision deficiency, and applied to the arts and industry.

What You Will Learn:
• How to measure color vision and perception in infants and young children
• The developmental trajectories of various aspects of color perception and cognition
• The theoretical implications of this research for our understanding of color more generally
• Applications of this research for pediatric color vision testing, arts and industry

Who Should Attend:
• Students and researchers interested in color perception and perceptual development
• Those who design products for infants and young children

Jul 13, 2021 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Anna Franklin
Sussex Colour Group and Sussex Baby Lab @University of Sussex
Anna Franklin investigates human color perception using methods drawn from cognitive psychology, developmental science and neuroscience. Much of her work investigates color perception in infancy and young children in order to identify the origins and underlying mechanisms of perceptual phenomenon such as color categorisation, color preference, and tuning to the chromatic environment.
Alice Skelton
Sussex Colour Group and Sussex Baby Lab @University of Sussex
Alice Skelton investigates the development of color perception by combining specialist methods from infant science with precise color psychophysics. She has developed a new, efficient and infant-friendly method of estimating saturation thresholds in infants which has revealed that infant color vision is tuned to chromatic scene statistics from just 4-months. She has worked on both theoretical and applied projects on a range of aspects of infant color perception.