Visual Space Perception

A Primer

A renewed interest in the study of vision has attracted scholars from such diverse fields as neuroscience, computer science, mathematics, physics, and philosophy. At the same time, the development of imaging devices and popularization of stereoscopic effects has increased student interest in vision. Both groups require more depth than is available in undergraduate texts and more breadth than is usually available in handbooks.

This primer provides an overview of the principles of space perception in a handbook format that will appeal to researchers as well as students. Topics covered include geometrical and distal-proximal relationships, spatial localization, stereopsis, cyclopean perception, stimulus inadequacy, pictorial cues, perceived size and shape, Gibsonian psychophysics, lateral motion, motion in depth, perceived object motion, and motion detection.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. 1. The Problem of Visual Space Perception
  3. I. Binocular Perception
  4. 2. Spatial Localization: Visual Directions
  5. 3. Stereopsis: Fusion and Horopters
  6. 4. Stereopsis: Traditional Stereograms
  7. 5. Cyclopean Perception
  8. II. Monocular Perception
  9. 6. Stimulus Inadequacy: The Fundmental Problem of Monocular Perception
  10. 7. Pictorial Cues, Oculomotor Adjustments, Automatic Organizing Processes, and Observer Tendencies
  11. 8. Empiricist View: Perceived Size and Shape
  12. 9. Gibson's Psychophysics-Basic Concepts
  13. 10. Lateral or Parallactic Motion
  14. 11. Motion in Depth
  15. 12. Perceived Object Motions
  16. 13. Detecting Motion
  17. 14. Concluding Thoughts
  18. Appendix: Angular Measures
  19. References
  20. Name Index
  21. Subject Index