Journal article

Paired and unpaired features can be equally effective in human depth perception

MJ Pianta, BJ Gillam

VISION RESEARCH | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2003

Abstract

The horizontal separation of the eyes results in the projection of slightly different images in each eye that are used to recover depth. One source of depth information is disparity, the relative position of paired features in the two eyes. Another source of depth information comes from features that are present in only one eye's view. These unpaired features arise from occlusion and by definition cannot generate a conventional disparity signal. Here we compare the depth signals generated by paired and unpaired features using stimuli that differ only in whether a given feature (a vertical gap) is paired or unpaired. Ecologically, both stimuli are consistent with two panels separated in depth..

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