In a recent paper, Agostini and Bruno (1996) showed that the size of simultaneous lightness contrast increases under Gelb lighting. To extend Agostini and Bruno's work, we applied their methodology to a set of more spatially articulated displays. In four experiments, we investigated the role of spatial articulation on the size of the simultaneous lightness contrast effect. In the first experiment, we found a decrease of the simultaneous lightness contrast effect as the spatial articulation increased. In the second experiment (the control experiment), performed under homogeneous illumination, we found that the effect of spatial articulation is not detectable, even though the data seem to show the same trend as that in the previous experiment. In the third experiment, we found that spatial articulation affects not only the middle reflectance region, but also the lowest one. As the spatial articulation increases, the effect on the lightnesses of both regions decreases. In the last experiment, performed with a reduced range of reflectances, we found a lightening effect for all the reflectances and, again, an effect of spatial articulation. The results of these experiments are interpreted according to the model proposed by Gilchrist et al. (in press).
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