[The perceptive color space of the rabbit]

Zh Vyssh Nerv Deiat Im I P Pavlova. 1998 May-Jun;48(3):496-504.
[Article in Russian]


Discrimination of colors was studied using instrumental learning paradigm in three rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). The rabbits were able to discriminate all but red stimuli by their color. The red stimulus could not be discriminated from the black one. The confusion matrix composed of probabilities of instrumental reactions was subjected to factor analysis in order to reveal the basic axes of the color perceptual space. The four-dimensional spherical structure of perceptual color space was obtained, which was different from that of trichromatic species in a reduction of color axes in red and yellow parts. The evidence characterizes rabbit as a protanopic animal.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Color Perception / physiology*
  • Color Perception Tests / methods
  • Color Perception Tests / statistics & numerical data
  • Conditioning, Operant / physiology
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Male
  • Photic Stimulation / methods
  • Rabbits / physiology*
  • Reinforcement, Psychology