Illusory volumes in human stereo perception

Hiroshi Ishikawa*, Davi Geiger

*Corresponding author for this work

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Any complete theory of human stereopsis must model not only how the correspondences between locations in the two views are determined and the depths are recovered from their disparity, but also how the ambiguity arising from such factors as noise, periodicity, and large regions of constant intensity are resolved and missing data are interpolated. In investigating this process of recovering surface structure from sparse disparity information, using stereo pairs with sparse identifiable features, we made an observation that contradicts all extant models. It suggests the inadequacy of retinotopic representation in modeling surface perception in this stage. We also suggest a possible alternative theory, which is a minimization of the modulus of Gaussian curvature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-178
Number of pages8
JournalVision Research
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jan
Externally publishedYes


  • Computational model
  • Depth interpolation
  • Statistical modeling
  • Stereopsis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


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