Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Motion Parallax

  • Uma SuryadevaraEmail author
  • Adam J. Woods
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_9105

Motion parallax is a monocular cue for relative depth perception and plays a very important role in successful navigation (Rogers and Graham 1979; Ono and Wade 2005). It is also an essential contributor to three-dimensional vision. When objects are stationed at different distances from the moving observer, objects closer to the eye appear to move faster than objects that are further away. In other words, motion parallax refers to the variance in image motion between objects at different depths. One of the reasons for this perception is that, the further away we look, the wider the visual field. Closer objects have to travel a shorter distance before they disappear from the visual field. Objects that are far away have longer distances to travel before they disappear from the visual field. Hence, the variance in the perception that objects that are further away are moving slower and the ones that are closer as moving faster.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Clinical and Health PsychologyCollege of Public Health and Health Professions, University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  3. 3.Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory, McKnight Brain InstituteUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  4. 4.Department of NeuroscienceUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA