1. The Physiology of 3D Perception

  1. Ernst Lueder

Published Online: 23 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119962762.ch1

3D Displays

3D Displays

How to Cite

Lueder, E. (2011) The Physiology of 3D Perception, in 3D Displays, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119962762.ch1

Author Information

  1. University of Stuttgart, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 NOV 2011
  2. Published Print: 23 DEC 2011

Book Series:

  1. Wiley–SID Series in Display Technology

Book Series Editors:

  1. Anthony C. Lowe

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119991519

Online ISBN: 9781119962762



  • 3D viewing;
  • binocular viewing;
  • horopter circle;
  • stereopsis


As one eye is capable only of perceiving a planar image, 3D viewing is commonly achieved by the cooperation of both eyes in providing each eye with a view of the object. The images that the eyes receive from the same object are different according to the different locations of the eyes. This binocular viewing provides the perception of depth, the third dimension, as further explained by the horopter circle. This chapter considers a phenomenon explicable with known stereoptic facts. In stereoscopic and autostereoscopic displays the two required views of an object are presented next to each other on the screen of a display. In stereopsis there are two definitions of perceived distance or depth. Immersive stereo displays such as 3D movies and 3D TV create real-world scenes by presenting a variety of cues to depth and distance.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

three-dimensional television; visual perception