Change blindness phenomena for stereoscopic projection systems

Frank Steinicke, Gerd Bruder, Klaus Hinrichs, Peter Willemsen

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In visual perception, change blindness describes the phenomenon that persons viewing a visual scene may apparently fail to detect significant changes in that scene. These phenomena have been observed in both computer generated imagery and real-world scenes. Several studies have demonstrated that change blindness effects occur primarily during visual disruptions such as blinks or saccadic eye movements. However, until now the influence of stereoscopic vision on change blindness has not been studied thoroughly in the context of visual perception research. In this paper we introduce change blindness techniques for stereoscopic projection systems, providing the ability to substantially modify a virtual scene in a manner that is dif.cult for observers to perceive. We evaluate techniques for passive and active stereoscopic viewing and compare the results to those of monoscopic viewing conditions. For stereoscopic viewing conditions, we found that change blindness phenomena occur with the same magnitude as in monoscopic viewing conditions. Furthermore, we have evaluated the potential of the presented techniques for allowing abrupt, and yet significant, changes of a stereoscopically displayed virtual reality environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVR 2010 - IEEE Virtual Reality 2010, Proceedings
Number of pages8
StatePublished - May 31 2010
EventIEEE Virtual Reality 2010, VR 2010 - Waltham, MA, United States
Duration: Mar 20 2010Mar 24 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Virtual Reality


OtherIEEE Virtual Reality 2010, VR 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWaltham, MA


  • Change blindness
  • Stereoscopic viewing
  • Visual perception


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