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The fundamental geometry underlying binocular stereoscopic depth perception was first appreciated in the mid-nineteenth century. Progress in understanding how brain mechanisms enable stereoscopic vision began about 50 years ago and has moved forward steadily since that time. The present view is that different areas of the extrastriate cortex have important and distinct roles in the elaboration of the stereoscopic visual percept. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.

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Book title

Encyclopedia of Neuroscience

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411 - 417