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Geometric And Physiological Aspects Of Depth Perception
Author(s): Ken Nakayama
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Paper Abstract

Seeing in depth is such a natural and automatic part of human experience that its basis has remained largely unconscious, taken for granted. Indeed, it took some of the most inventive minds of the Italian Renaissance to overcome the automatic tendency of seeing objects in depth and at their true size. Only after an intense effort did they realize that to paint depth required something much different than painting what was seen, requiring instead an entirely new type of geometry, the geometry of perspective. So it seems that the geometrical study of depth perception has had a very long and interesting history, becoming a highly developed discipline long before the rise of modern science.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 December 1977
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0120, Three-Dimensional Imaging, (29 December 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.955728
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Ken Nakayama, Smith-Kettlewell Institute of Visual Sciences (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0120:
Three-Dimensional Imaging
Stephen A. Benton, Editor(s)

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