When an object is partially occluded, the different parts of the object have to be perceptually coupled. Cues that can be used for perceptual coupling are, for instance, depth ordering and visual motion information. In subjects with impaired stereovision, the brain is less able to use stereoscopic depth cues, making them more reliant on other cues. Therefore, our hypothesis is that stereovision-impaired subjects have stronger motion coupling than stereoscopic subjects. We compared perceptual coupling in 8 stereoscopic and 10 stereovision-impaired subjects, using random moving dot patterns that defined an ambiguous rotating cylinder and a coaxially presented nonambiguous half cylinder. Our results show that, whereas stereoscopic subjects exhibit significant coupling in the far plane, stereovision-impaired subjects show no coupling and under our conditions also no stronger motion coupling than stereoscopic subjects.
- Binocular vision
- Three-dimensional perception