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The Interaction of Color and Luminance in Stereoscopic Vision


Lu, Cary (1972) The Interaction of Color and Luminance in Stereoscopic Vision. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/MSFY-AH42.


Experiments are described using the random dot stereo patterns devised by Julesz, but substituting various colors and luminances for the usual black and white random squares. The ability to perceive the patterns in depth depends on a luminance difference between the colors used. If two colors are the same luminance, then depth is not perceived although each of the individual squares which make up the patterns is easily seen due to the color difference. This is true for any combination of different colors. If different colors are used for corresponding random squares between the left and right eye patterns, stereopsis is possible for all combinations of binocular rivalry in color, provided the luminance difference is large enough. Rivalry in luminance always precludes stereopsis, regardless of the colors involved.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:(Biology)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Major Option:Biology
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Fender, Derek H.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:9 December 1971
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:05022016-163223190
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ID Code:9699
Deposited On:09 May 2016 17:24
Last Modified:01 Jul 2024 22:02

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