Martin Banks

Title
Professor of Optometry, Vision Science, Neuroscience, & Psychology
Department
Dept of Psychology
Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
School of Optometry
Phone
(510) 642-9341
Fax
(510) 643-5109
Research Expertise and Interest
stereopsis, virtual reality, optometry, multisensory interactions, self-motion perception, vision, depth perception, displays, picture perception, visual ergonomics
Research Description

Martin Banks received his PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1976. His research involves three topics: The use of stereoscopic and other information to determine the spatial layout of the visible environment and one's motion through that environment; the combination of information from more than one sense modality (e.g,. vision and touch); the construction and evaluation of devices for creating useful virtual environments (e.g., vision, vestibular, and touch). In all cases, he is particularly interested in determining how efficiently human observers utilize the available stimulus information while performing perceptual tasks and also in applying the results to emerging technologies such as virtual reality and stereo 3D cinema/television.

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