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Vision Res. 1994 Sep;34(18):2431-8.

Linear and non-linear filtering in stereopsis.

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McGill Vision Research, Department of Opthalmology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


To better understand the spatial filtering operations underlying stereopsis, and their relationship to those underlying monocular localization of the same stimuli, we examined the dependence of stereoacuity on carrier and envelope size of Gabor patches. For stimuli of broad spatial bandwidth, stereoacuity depends on the carrier spatial frequency whereas for stimuli of narrow bandwidth, stereoacuity depends on the modulation frequency. The dependence of stereoacuity on the separation of the reference elements differs for stimuli of broad and narrow spatial frequency bandwidths. These relationships suggests that stereopsis has access to two different types of information from the early filters which we term, linear and non-linear. This distinction is important not only for understanding the relationship between monocular and stereoscopic localization, but also for understanding the different filter operations underlying stereopsis.

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