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Scientific Program

Welcome to "Seeing Colors" - Scientific Program

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Monday, September 19, 2016   -  Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Monday, September 19th - Audimax (H1 - Central Lecture Building)


Opening Remarks
Mark Greenlee / Christoph Wagner

Session1: Origins of Color (Moderator: Christoph Wagner)
13:10 Phenomena of Color and the Quest for Mechanisms
John S. Werner, University of California, Davis
13:40 Cortical response to categorical color differences in prelinguistic infants
Ichiro Kuriki, Tohoku University
14:10 How the world became colored: the evolution of conscious color perception in primates
Jay Neitz, University of Washington


Coffee break

Session 2: Early Stage Mechanisms (Moderator: Mark Greenlee)
15:10 A Comparative Look at Photopigments and Color Vision
Gerald Jacobs, University of California, Santa Barbara
15:40 Electrophysiological correlates of cone-opponent processing in the human retina
Jan Kremers, University of Erlangen – Nuremberg
16:10 Colour blindness and Coloured Filters: What Dalton saw about the attenuation of colour vision
Justin Broackes, Brown University
16:40 Final discussion


Reception (Audimax)


Tuesday, September 20th - Vielberth Building (H24)

Session 3: Chromatic and Achromatic Pathways (Moderator: Herbert Jägle)


09:00 Segregated transmission of achromatic and chromatic signals in the primate visual pathways
Barry Lee, Max Planck Institute – Göttingen and State University of New York
09:30 Seeing colors in achromatic stimuli: Grapheme-color synesthesia
Gregor Volberg, University of Regensburg
10:00 Multiple spatial systems for color vision
Arthur Shapiro, American University, Washington DC


Coffee break

Session 4: Discrimination and Hue (Moderator: Maka Malania)
11:00 Seeing colours as different
John D. Mollon, University of Cambridge
11:30 Assessing the severity of colour vision loss - implications for occupational environments.
John Barbur, City University London
12:00 Discriminating colours in tetrachromatic space
Gabriele Jordan, University of Newcastle


Lunch (OTH Mensa)

Session 5: Complexities of Color (Moderator: Anton Beer)
13:30 Blue and yellow in the world, the brain, and the dress
Michael Webster, University of Nevada, Reno
14:00 Distorted insights: from hue anomalies to colour mechanisms
Andrew Stockman, University College London
14:30 The neural basis of color "filling-in" and its attentional modulation
Peter Tse, Dartmouth College


Coffee break

Session 6: Color Constancy (Moderator: Alf Zimmer )
15:30 Why Colour Constancy Needs More Than Colour
David Foster, University of Manchester
16:00 Color perception and Memory - The impact of color on our experience and behavior
Axel Buether, Bergische University Wuppertal
16:30 Seeing (and Feeling) the Light
Anya Hurlbert, University of Newcastle
17:00 Final discussion


Poster Session Vielberth Foyer (in front of H24)


Conference Dinner (Andreasstadel)


Wednesday, September 21st - Vielberth Building (H24)

Session 7: Cortical Mechanisms (Moderator: Patrick Cavanagh)


09:00 Comparing color systems in monkeys and humans
Bevil Conway, Wellesley College
09:30 Colour vision across the life span: perception, brain imaging and individual differences
Sophie Wuerger, University of Liverpool
10:00 Colours in the human brain: of movies, the binding problem, constancy, and predictive coding
Andreas Bartels, University of Tübingen


Coffee break

Session 8: Color in Art and Culture (Moderator: John S. Werner)
11:00 "Interaction of Color" – Concepts of Seeing Colors in Modern Art
Christoph Wagner, University of Regensburg
11:30 Color – from Means of Representation to Object of Representation
Matthias Bleyl, Weissensee School of Art, Berlin
12:00 The Colours of Paradise and its Discontents
Karl Schawelka, Bauhaus University, Weimar


Lunch (OTH Mensa)


Ground Transport to Central Train Station (Hauptbahnhof)
Airportliner shuttle to Munich Airport.
All departing delegates should bring their bags with them to the venue. The shuttle to the Airport will leave from the Vielberth Hall.


  1. Fakultät für Humanwissenschaften
  2. Institut für Psychologie



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