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Raymond van Ee, Loes C. J. van Dam, Casper J. Erkelens; Bi-stability in perceived slant when binocular disparity and monocular perspective specify different slants. Journal of Vision 2002;2(9):2. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/2.9.2.
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We examined how much depth we perceive when viewing a depiction of a slanted plane in which binocular disparity and monocular perspective provide different slant information. We exposed observers to a grid stimulus in which the monocular- and binocular-specified grid orientations were varied independently across stimulus presentations. The grids were slanted about the vertical axis and observers estimated the slant relative to the frontal plane. We were particularly interested in the metrical aspects of perceived slant for a broad spectrum of possible combinations of disparity- and perspective-specified slants. We found that observers perceived only one grid orientation when the two specified orientations were similar. More interestingly, when the monocular- and binocular-specified orientations were rather different, observers experienced perceptual bi-stability (they were able to select either a perspective- or a disparity-dominated percept).
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