Depth from motion parallax

Ian P. Howard

in Perceiving in Depth

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199764167
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949373 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Psychology Series

Depth from motion parallax

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Impressions of depth are created by motion parallax produced by motion of an observer relative to a 3-D display. Depth created by motion parallax has a striking resemblance to that created by binocular disparity. The two sources of information are fundamentally the same. This chapter reviews the role of motion parallax in the detection of absolute distance, relative distance, and three-dimensional structure. The projected image of a twisted piece of wire appears flat but it appears in depth when the wire is rotated. This is the kinetic depth effect. The chapter ends with an account of factors that influence the kinetic depth effect and the related stereokinetic effect.

Keywords: motion parallax; the kinetic depth effect; the stereokinetic effect

Chapter.  29183 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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