Osvaldo DaPos  Senior Scholar, Dept. of General Psychology University of Padua Padua, Italy

Osvaldo DaPos
Senior Scholar, Dept. of General Psychology
University of Padua
Padua, Italy

Osvaldo DaPos

Dr. Osvaldo da Pos is a Senior Scholar at the University of Padua, Italy. After graduating with a degree in Biology in 1971, he was awarded a one year scholarship at the University of Berkeley. Since 1987 he has served on the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Padua where he was in charge of the courses on Perception, General Psychology, and Ethics in Psychological Research at the Department of General Psychology. He retired from teaching in 2013. He is the co-founder and former director of the Inter-departmental Study Centre for Colour and Art and also co-founder of the Doctorate course in Perception and Psychophysics of the University of Padua. Dr. da Pos is a past Italian representative at the CIE Div.1, member of the AIC Executive Committee, member of many CIE Div.1 TCs, and past chairman of the AIC Study Group on "Visual Illusions and Effects". During the many years he has worked with visual illusions, he made significant contributions to the field with his experimental and theoretical works. His main research, inspired by the phenomenological theory of Gestalt, involves the perception of colour in its various aspects: contrast, assimilation, constancy, transparency, colour and illumination, colour and emotion, colour harmony, and colour names.

Monday, June 11 - PM General Session
Color, Color Names, Stimulus Color and Their Subjective Links

The methodology used in my latest research on color names is quite innovative as it requires each participant to freely produce on a calibrated monitor the color stimulus whose perceived color is the best representative of a number of specified color terms. We chose those monolexemic terms that in Italian are most frequently used to refer to the range of colors which cover the whole color circle, divided into its four main quarters. The goal of the research was to find out what colors are meant by specific Italian terms and to check whether some Italian color names are either particularly well defined or confused with others.

During the presentation I will share the details of this research and show how the resulting color circle is characterized by eight colors of which four are unique, and four are mixed perceptually intermediate. It would be important to repeat the study cross-culturally to test for similarities and differences in color meanings with speakers of different languages and do the groundwork for an adequate translation of color terms.