Investigating human visual sensitivity to binocular motion-in-depth for anti-and de-correlated random-dot stimuli

Martin Giesel* (Corresponding Author), Alex R. Wade, Marina Bloj, Julie M. Harris

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Motion-in-depth can be detected by using two different types of binocular cues: change of disparity (CD) and inter-ocular velocity differences (IOVD). To investigate the underlying detection mechanisms, stimuli can be constructed that isolate these cues or contain both (FULL cue). Two different methods to isolate the IOVD cue can be employed: anti-correlated (aIOVD) and de-correlated (dIOVD) motion signals. While both types of stimuli have been used in studies investigating the perception of motion-in-depth, for the first time, we explore whether both stimuli isolate the same mechanism and how they differ in their relative efficacy. Here, we set out to directly compare aIOVD and dIOVD sensitivity by measuring motion coherence thresholds. In accordance with previous results by Czuba et al. (2010), we found that motion coherence thresholds were similar for aIOVD and FULL cue stimuli for most participants. Thresholds for dIOVD stimuli, however, differed consistently from thresholds for the two other cues, suggesting that aIOVD and dIOVD stimuli could be driving different visual mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number41
JournalVision (Switzerland)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018

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Funding Information:
Funding: This research was funded by BBSRC grants BB/M001660/1 (JH), BB/M002543/1 (AW), and BB/M001210/1 (MB).

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  • 3D motion
  • Anti-correlation
  • Binocular cues
  • CD
  • De-correlation
  • Disparity
  • IOVD
  • Motion-in-depth


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