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Color vision strategy defies textbook picture

Cone cells fill in hues on black-and-white image, new study suggests

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2:00pm, September 14, 2016
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EYE COLORING  Color vision may work a bit like filling in colors in a black-and-white coloring book, new research suggests.

Color vision may actually work like a colorized version of a black-and-white movie, a new study suggests.

Cone cells, which sense red, green or blue light, detect white more often than colors, researchers report September 14 in Science Advances. The textbook-rewriting discovery could change scientists’ thinking about how color vision works.

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