Interaction between the perceived shape of two objects

Eli Brenner, Michael S. Landy

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The difference between the way in which binocular disparity scales with viewing distance and the way in which motion parallax scales with viewing distance introduces a potential indirect cue for viewing distance: the viewing distance is the only distance at which disparity and motion specify the same depth. The present study examines whether this information is used. Two simulated ellipsoids were presented on a computer screen in complete darkness. The two ellipsoids were 6°to the left and right of straight ahead. Subjects set the width and depth of each ellipsoid to match a tennis ball, and set the distance of the one on the right to half that of the one on the left. The distance of the left ellipsoid varied between trials. On half of the trials it was static. On the other half it was rotating up and down around its frontal horizontal axis. Rotating the left ellipsoid influenced its set depth: rotating ellipsoids were set to be much more spherical. There was no influence on the set depth of the other ellipsoid, or on the set width of either. The set distance of the right ellipsoid was also unaffected. We conclude that subjects do not combine binocular disparity and motion parallax to obtain more veridical information about viewing distance. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3834-3848
Number of pages15
JournalVision research
Issue number23
StatePublished - Nov 1999


  • Cue interaction
  • Depth
  • Motion parallax
  • Stereopsis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


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