Binocular rivalry and multi-stable perception: Independence and monocular channels

Quinn, Helen and Arnold, Derek H. (2010) Binocular rivalry and multi-stable perception: Independence and monocular channels. Journal of Vision, 10 10: 8 - 1-8 - 9. doi:10.1167/10.10.8

Author Quinn, Helen
Arnold, Derek H.
Title Binocular rivalry and multi-stable perception: Independence and monocular channels
Journal name Journal of Vision   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1534-7362
Publication date 2010-08-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1167/10.10.8
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 10
Issue 10
Start page 8 - 1
End page 8 - 9
Total pages 9
Place of publication Rockville, MD, U.S.A.
Publisher Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 1109 Neurosciences
1113 Ophthalmology and Optometry
1702 Cognitive Sciences
Formatted abstract
When discrepant images are shown to the two eyes, each can intermittently disappear. This is known as binocular rivalry (BR). The causes of BR are debated. One view is that BR is driven by a low-level visual process, characterized by competition between monocular channels. Another is that BR is driven by higher level processes involved in interpreting ambiguous input. This would link BR to other phenomena, wherein perception changes without input changes. We reasoned that if this were true, the timing of BR changes might be related to the timing of changes in other multi-stable stimuli. We tested this using combinations of simple (orthogonal gratings) and complex (pictures of houses and faces) stimuli. We also presented simple stimuli in conjunction with a stimulus that induced an ambiguous direction of rotation. We found that the timing of simple BR changes was unrelated to the timing of either complex BR changes or to direction changes within an ambiguous rotation. However, the timings of changes within proximate BR stimuli, both simple and complex, were related, but only when similar images were encoded in the same monocular channels. These observations emphasize the importance of monocular channel interactions in determining the timing of binocular rivalry changes.
Keyword Binocular rivalry
Multi-stable perception
Perceptual awareness
Lateral geniculate-nucleus
Interocular suppression
Association field
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published as Article No. 8, pp 1-9.

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