Getting the measure of vergence weight in nearness perception


Combining multiple sources of information allows the human nervous system to construct an approximately Euclidean representation of near (personal) space. Within this space, binocular vergence is an important source of egocentric distance information. We investigated how the nervous system determines the significance (weight) accorded to vergence information when other (retinal) distance cues are present. We found that weight decreases with (1) increasing discrepancy between vergence information and other cues and (2) reduced vergence demand. The results also provided evidence that the nervous system represents vergence related distance information in units of nearness (the reciprocal of distance).

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Tresilian, J., Mon-Williams, M. Getting the measure of vergence weight in nearness perception. Exp Brain Res 132, 362–368 (2000).

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  • Binocular Vergence Distance perception Cue weight Human