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Many aspects of our perceptual experience are dominated by the fact that our two eyes point forward. Whilst the location of our eyes leaves the environment behind our head inaccessible to vision, co-ordinated use of our two eyes gives us direct access to the three-dimensional structure of the scene in front of us, through the mechanism of stereoscopic vision. Scientific understanding of the different brain regions involved in stereoscopic vision and three-dimensional spatial cognition is changing rapidly, with consequent influences on fields as diverse as clinical practice in ophthalmology and the technology of virtual reality devices.This article is part of the themed issue 'Vision in our three-dimensional world'.

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Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci

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cortical processing, neuroscience, stereoscopic depth, vision, Animals, Depth Perception, Humans, Pattern Recognition, Visual, Perceptual Disorders, Vision, Ocular, Visual Perception