Chapter

Depth from perspective

Ian P. Howard

in Perceiving in Depth

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199764167
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949373 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764167.003.0016

Series: Oxford Psychology Series

Depth from perspective

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The chapter starts with an account of the geometry of perspective and of the various types of perspective, including size perspective, linear perspective, and simple and complex texture gradients. This is followed by a review of the evidence regarding the relative effectiveness of the different types of perspective for judging the three-dimensional structure of surfaces and objects. There is a discussion of how the perceived distance of an object is influenced by its location on a ground surface and by the height of the image of the object relative to the horizon. The chapter ends with an account of reversible perspective in two-dimensional displays and three-dimensional objects.

Keywords: geometry of perspective; linear perspective; texture gradients; reversible perspective

Chapter.  29818 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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