Howard-Dolman stereovision test at different opponent colour stimuli

Maris Ozolinsh, Isabel Martín, Didzis Lauva, Varis Karitans

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The purpose of this study was to investigate visual depth perception of real physical colour stimuli with red-green and blue-yellow opponency. We modified the Howard-Dolman stereotest where subjects should determine the closer of two bars emitting the light of definite colour placed in front of a CRT monitor served as colour background. Two-alternative forced-choice paradigms were used to determine depth perception threshold values. Thresholds close to 5-10arcsec for luminance and colour contrast stimuli were revealed both for red-green and blue-yellow stimuli. A term, stereosensitivity - a reciprocal magnitude of the stereothreshold - was introduced to separately analyse luminance and colour contrast contributions in total depth perception. Comparing stereo sensitivity values for different colour stimuli, stereo sensitivity in case of red-green is still better than comparing to blue-yellow colour contrast. The colour and luminance contrast in CIE L*a*b* units (at least in the restricted dynamic range) could be applicable as a psychophysical metric to characterise stereo sensitivity. We suppose the colour and luminance contrast guided stereo mechanisms as two additive contributions in total stereo sense. Stereosense thresholds are more sensitive to luminance contrast changes as compared with colour contrast changes (in L*a*b* metric).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1749-1754
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Modern Optics
Issue number19/20
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • colour
  • depth perception
  • isochromance
  • isoluminance
  • stereopsis

Field of Science*

  • 1.3 Physical sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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