Depth Perception in Cave and Panorama

Michael Mullins, Tadeja Zupancic Strojan

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    This study compares aspects of spatial perception in a physical environment and its virtual representations in a CAVE and Panorama, derived from recent research. To measure accuracy of spatial perception, participants in an experiment were asked to look at identical objects in the three environments and then locate them and identify their shape on scaled drawings.  Results are presented together with statistical analysis. In a discussion of the results, the paper addresses the two hypothetical assertions ? that depth perception in physical reality and its virtual representations in CAVE and Panorama are quantifiably different, and that differences are attributable to prior contextual experience of the viewer. The role of prior or tacit knowledge in these environments is established from the empirical data. It is concluded that the CAVE offers a higher potential for spatial experience and learning than the Panorama. The results also suggest that knowledge gained in physical contexts is more readily transferred to its virtual simulation, while that gained in virtual experience is not reliably transferred to its equivalent physical context. The paper discusses implications for spatial ability, learning and training in virtual environments; in architectural education; and participatory design processes, in which the dialogue between real and imagined space may take place in virtual . reality environments
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationArchitecture and the Network Society
    EditorsBjarne Rudiger, Bruno Tournay and Henning Ørbæk
    PublisherTechnical University of Lisbon
    Publication date2004
    ISBN (Print)0954118324
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    EventDepth Perception in Cave and Panorama -
    Duration: 19 May 2010 → …


    ConferenceDepth Perception in Cave and Panorama
    Period19/05/2010 → …


    • CAVE
    • Panorama
    • Depth Perception
    • Spatial Ability
    • Learning

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    Mullins, M., & Strojan, T. Z. (2004). Depth Perception in Cave and Panorama. In Bjarne Rudiger, Bruno Tournay and Henning Ørbæk (Ed.), Architecture and the Network Society (pp. 136-141). Technical University of Lisbon.