Review of colour terms and simultaneous contrast research for cartography

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Colours that are next to a map colour change its appearance by simultaneous contrast (the term induction is also used to describe the effect). The problem of simultaneous contrast on maps has been described repeatedly in the general literature on colour use in cartography and has been recognized as a confounding variable in cartographic research on colour. This review article clarifies important distinctions between lightness constancy and brightness contrast effects that interfere with the interpretation of the results of previous research. Likewise, induced changes in hue are often described as shifts toward the complement of the surrounding colour but many different definitions of complementarity exist, and these distinctions are described. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-30
Number of pages11
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Earth-Surface Processes


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