Summary: Roland Fleming & Bart Anderson: Perceptual Organization of Depth 1
The Perceptual Organization of Depth
Roland Fleming and Bart Anderson
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT
Running Head: Perceptual Organization of Depth
MIT Room NE20-451,
77 Mass. Ave.,
Cambridge, MA 02139.
Roland Fleming & Bart Anderson: Perceptual Organization of Depth 2
The goal of depth perception is to identify the spatial layout of the objects and surfaces
that constitute our surroundings. One important observation about the world around us
that influences the way we see depth is that physical matter is not distributed randomly,
with arbitrary depths at every location. On the contrary, the environment is generally
organized: the world consists mainly of tightly bound objects in a discernable layout.
This order results from countless forces and processes in our world which tend to
organize matter into objects and place those objects in certain spatial relations. The