Spatial frequency tuning for 3-D corrugations from motion parallax

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We provide evidence for the existence of multiple channels tuned to the spatial frequency of depth modulations defined by motion parallax. By linking the distortion of a random dot pattern to the horizontal position of an observer's head horizontally oriented 3-D corrugations were simulated in which the depth function consisted of a range of frequencies. In a baseline experiment thresholds were obtained for detecting depth modulations of single sinewaves for a range of spatial frequencies. In a masking experiment threshold signal strength was determined for detecting a signal frequency in the presence of noise with frequencies restricted to two bands around the signal component ('notched noise'). Threshold elevation was found to decrease with an increase in the spectral difference between signal and noise. By determining thresholds at various noise levels it was further established that the channel responded linearly in the tested range. Estimates of the bandwidth for spatial frequencies of 0.33 and 0.87 cycles/deg were both found to be 1.4 octaves. The results show that motion parallax processing is mediated by a series of narrowly tuned channels with bandwidths similar to those found for processing depth modulations defined by binocular disparity. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.




Hogervorst, M. A., Bradshaw, M. F., & Eagle, R. A. (2000). Spatial frequency tuning for 3-D corrugations from motion parallax. Vision Research, 40(16), 2149–2158.

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