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In 1998 Vorobyev & Osorio published the influential paper on ‘Receptor noise as a determinant of colour thresholds’. In that paper the authors formally introduce the Receptor Noise Limited (RNL) model. The model states that, given a range of assumptions
Perceptual contrast in the Receptor Noise Limited (RNL) model is calculated as the response of opponent processes which themselves are ‘fed’ by the stimulation of each receptor channel in relation to the channel specific noise (or Weber fraction in the
The noise in an individual photoreceptor cell (its firing rate despite lacking actual stimulation) in combination with the abundance of a given class of photoreceptors fundamentally determines an animal’s ability to discriminate colour and luminance contrast (Vorobyev & Osorio, 1998).