August 2009
Volume 9, Issue 8
Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract  |   August 2009
The effect of transparency on recognition of overlapping objects
Author Affiliations
  • Anne Hillstrom
    Psychology, University of Portsmouth
  • Michael Tull
    Psychology, University of Portsmouth
  • Helen Scholey
    Psychology, University of Portsmouth
Journal of Vision August 2009, Vol.9, 807. doi:
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      Anne Hillstrom, Michael Tull, Helen Scholey; The effect of transparency on recognition of overlapping objects. Journal of Vision 2009;9(8):807.

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How does transparency of overlapping objects affect object recognition? Two studies are presented that compares recognition of overlapping transparent objects to recognition of overlapping, non-transparent objects. The first study gauges the minimum time a picture of two overlapping objects must be presented in order to identify both objects correctly. The second study looks for differences in gaze patterns while inspecting the same kind of pictures presented for unlimited time. Recognition of objects rich in detail helpful for identifying the objects are compared to recognition of objects with many fewer identity-relevant details. Results have implications about how objects in a scene are segregated when relative depth is or is not apparent.

Hillstrom, A. Tull, M. Scholey, H. (2009). The effect of transparency on recognition of overlapping objects [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 9(8):807, 807a,, doi:10.1167/9.8.807. [CrossRef]

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