Gaze-contingent manipulation of color perception

Michael Mauderer (Lead / Corresponding author), David R. Flatla (Lead / Corresponding author), Migual A. Nacenta (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Using real time eye tracking, gaze-contingent displays can modify their content to represent depth (e.g., through additional depth cues) or to increase rendering performance (e.g., by omitting peripheral detail). However, there has been no
research to date exploring how gaze-contingent displays can be leveraged for manipulating perceived color. To address this, we conducted two experiments (color matching and sorting) that manipulated peripheral background and object colors to influence the user’s color perception. Findings from our color matching experiment suggest that we can use gaze-contingent simultaneous contrast to affect color appearance and that existing color appearance models might not fully predict perceived colors with gaze-contingent presentation. Through our color sorting experiment we demonstrate how gaze-contingent adjustments can be used to enhance color discrimination. Gaze-contingent color holds the promise of expanding the perceived color gamut of existing display technology and enabling people to discriminate color with greater precision.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '16 Proceedings of the 34th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781450333627
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2016
EventCHI 2016 - San Jose, United States
Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016 (Link to conference website)


ConferenceCHI 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Internet address


  • Eye tracking
  • gaze-contingent displays
  • Color Perception
  • simultaneous contrast
  • local contrast enhancement


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