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The effect of pictorial depth information on projected size judgments

Farran, Emily K., Whitaker, Andrew and Patel, Neha (2009) The effect of pictorial depth information on projected size judgments ATTENTION PERCEPTION & PSYCHOPHYSICS, 71 (1). pp. 207-214.

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When full depth cues are available, size judgments are dominated by physical size. However, with reduced depth cues, size judgments are influenced less by physical size and more by projected size. By manipulating monocularly presented pictorial depth cues only, in this study we reduced depth cues further than had previous size judgment studies. Participants were presented monocularly with two shapes against a background of zero (control), one, two, or three pictorial depth cues. Each cue was added progressively in the following order: height in the visual field, linear perspective, and texture gradient. Participants made a same/different judgment regarding the projected size of the two shapes (i.e., ignoring any depth cues). As was expected, accuracy increased and response times decreased as the ratio between the projected size of the two shapes increased (range of projected size ratios, 1:1-1:5). In addition, with the exception of the larger size ratios (1:4 and 1:5), detection of projected size difference grew poorer as depth cues were added. One- and two-cue conditions had the most weighting in this performance decrement, with little weighting from the three-cue condition. We conclude that even minimal depth information is difficult to inhibit, which indicates that depth perception requires little focused attention.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Farran, Emily
Whitaker, Andrew
Patel, Neha
Date : 1 January 2009
DOI : 10.3758/APP.71.1.207
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2009 The Psychonomic Society, Inc.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Size Rati; Depth Information; Physical Size; Motion Parallax; Texture Gradient
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 01 Jul 2019 09:42
Last Modified : 01 Jul 2019 09:42

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