Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1 eBook

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6.  “The colors of the bands (page 175, No. 6) approximate those of the two sectors; the transition-bands present the adjacent ‘pure colors’ merging into each other.  But all the bands are modified in favor of the moving rod.  If, now, the rod is itself the same in color as one of the sectors, the bands which should have been of the other color are not to be distinguished from the fused color of the disc when no rod moves before it.”

These items are equally true of the deduction-bands, since a deduction of a part of one of the components from a fused color must leave an approximation to the other component.  And clearly, too, by as much as either color is deducted, by so much must the color of the pendulum itself be added.  So that, if the pendulum is like one of the sectors in color, whenever that sector is hidden the deduction for concealment will exactly equal the added allowance for the color of the pendulum, and there will be no bands of the other color distinguishable from the fused color of the disc.

It is clear from Fig. 7 why a transition-band shades gradually from one pure-color band over into the other.  Let us consider the transition-band 2-3 (Fig. 7).  Next it on the right is a green band, on the left a red.  Now at the right-hand edge of the transition-band it is seen that the deduction is mostly red and very little green, a ratio which changes toward the left to one of mostly green and very little red.  Thus, next to the red band the transition-band will be mostly red, and it will shade continuously over into green on the side adjacent to the green band.

7.  The next observation given (page 175, No. 7) was that, “The bands are more strikingly visible when the two sectors differ considerably in luminosity.”  This is to be expected, since the greater the contrast, whether in regard to color, saturation, or intensity, between the sectors, the greater will be such contrast between the two deductions, and hence the greater will it be between the resulting bands.  And, therefore, the bands will be more strikingly distinguishable from each other, that is, ‘visible.’

8.  “A broad but slowly-moving rod shows the bands lying over itself.  Other bands can also be seen behind it on the disc.”

In Fig. 9 (Plate V.) are shown the characteristic effects produced by a broad and slowly-moving rod.  Suppose it to be black.  It can be so broad and move so slowly that for a space the characteristic effect is largely black (Fig. 9 on both sides of x).  Specially will this be true between x and y, for here, while the pendulum contributes no more photo-chemical unit-effects, it will contribute the newer one, and howsoever many unit-effects go to make up the characteristic effect, the newer units are undoubtedly the more potent elements in determining this effect.  The old units have partly faded.  One may say that the newest units are ‘weighted.’

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