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Memory for colours: a reaction time experiment
  DOI :  10.2352/CGIV.2006.3.1.art00022  Published OnlineJanuary 2006

We used simultaneous and delayed match to sample tasks to investigate memory for 5 colour tests (green, yellow, purple, pink and orange) in men and women. Stimuli were emulated Munsell colour samples displayed on a CRT monitor. Colour tests were presented with distracters that could vary either in hue or in saturation. Our results indicate that: 1) over the five colours, women were more accurate than men in remembering colours (p=0.025). This advantage was significant for pink and purple colours and, in the later case, could be explained by the high women agreement in their categorical perception; 2) better memory for hue than for saturation, or distortion of the remembered colour towards more saturated samples depend on the colour of the test; 3) support for category effect in memory is provided by faster response times to the green colour test when presented with its cross-category hue distracter (p=0.025); 4) the best remembered colours were yellow, green and purple and the worst remembered colours were orange and pink.

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V. Bonnardel, J. Herrero, "Memory for colours: a reaction time experimentin Proc. IS&T CGIV 2006 3rd European Conf. on Colour in Graphics, Imaging, and Vision,  2006,  pp 110 - 114,

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