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Steering, optic flow, and the respective importance of depth and retinal motion distribution

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Julie Harris


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Movement through an environment produces an optical spatiotemporal pattern, known as a flow field. When visually guiding movement using a flow field, do humans make use of information about the distance of constituent elements? Employing a novel active steering task, we examined the use of depth (height-in-scene and disparity) and the role of the retinal motion distribution in the perceptual control of heading from flow. We found that retinal motion distribution, rather than depth order, has the primary role in determining the accuracy of steering.

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Author(s): Harris JM; Rushton SK; Wann JP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Perception

Year: 1999

Volume: 28

Issue: 2

Pages: 255-266

Print publication date: 01/02/1999

ISSN (print): 0301-0066

ISSN (electronic): 1468-4233

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1068/p2780

PubMed id: 10615464


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