Binocular sensory fusion is limited by spatial resolution

Vision Res. 1984;24(7):661-5. doi: 10.1016/0042-6989(84)90207-4.


Binocular sensory fusion which was previously thought to have a maximum spatial extent at the fovea of 1 deg is at least 600% larger when stimulated by low spatial frequency (coarse) detail. This upper limit for sensory fusion has a constant phase disparity limit of 90 deg which corresponds to the monocular Rayleigh criterion for spatial resolution of two diffraction patterns. At low spatial frequencies the sensory fusion limit equals the upper disparity limit for stereoscopic depth perception which suggests that a common mechanism underlies these two phenomena.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Depth Perception / physiology
  • Fovea Centralis / physiology
  • Humans
  • Sensory Thresholds
  • Space Perception / physiology*