Abstract

The ability of subjects to detect whether a structure-from-motion display depicts one or two rigid objects was examined in the presence or the absence of noise points. Each object was composed of a set of points chosen randomly within the volume of a sphere. The objects rotated rigidly about different axes passing through the center of the sphere. For displays without noise points, detection increased with larger angles between the rotation axes and with more points in each object. For displays in which noise points were present, detection was above chance but, in general, worse than that for displays without noise points. The implications of these results for image segmentation in complex motion patterns is discussed.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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