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Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles

Part I: Colour and colour perception

Chapter 1: What is colour?


1.1 Introduction

1.2 Visible light

1.3 Organising colours

1.4 Conclusions

Chapter 2: Variability in normal and defective colour vision: consequences for occupational environments


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Vision information channels

2.3 The concept of the luminous efficiency function

2.4 Photoreceptor contrasts and the CIE (x,y) chromaticity chart

2.5 Individual differences in colour vision

2.6 Methods of assessing colour vision loss

2.7 Anomaloscope variability in the parameters of the yellow match

2.8 Colour assessment and diagnostics (CAD) test

2.9 Colour in occupational environments

2.10 Colour in healthcare

2.11 Conclusions

2.12 Sources of further information and advice

2.13 Acknowledgements

Chapter 3: Colour illusions and the human visual system


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Illusions in the context of the human visual system

3.3 From isolated colour to colour in context: some experiments

3.4 Examples of the different groups of colour illusions

3.5 Conclusions

Chapter 4: Colour psychology: the emotional effects of colour perception


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Colour preference: the longitudinal perspective 1970–2009

4.3 Colour and psycho-physiological arousal

4.4 Colour and subjective time estimation

4.5 Colour and the subjective feeling of warmth

4.6 Conclusions and further reading

Chapter 5: Understanding colour perception and preference


5.1 Introduction

5.2 The origins and uses of colour vision

5.3 Colour preference in humans

5.4 Colour prefer


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About the editor

J Best

Janet Best is internationally recognised as an expert in global textile colour management. Her work with inspirational designers and leading edge colour technology providers in fashion retail has developed the foundation for a vast international network of colour specialists including artists, designers, architects, colour chemists, scientists, psychologists and educators. Janet’s knowledge and passion for colour allows her to work seamlessly with a wide range of industries and professionals creating many successful entrepreneurial collaborations. Janet’s work is a clear demonstration that ‘colour has no boundaries’ and ‘every business is in the colour business’.

Affiliations and Expertise

Colour Management Consultant, UK


An articulate and monumental reference book... An invaluable resource for anyone serious about colour., Selvedge Magazine
This book should have pride of place in any personal or business library where potential readers work in the colour field with an emphasis on textiles, fashion and soft furnishings., Colour Group Australia
The chapters on colour standards and description provide an excellent introduction to the CIE colorimetry system. The book is a testament to the breadth of the field., Coloration Technology