Spatiotemporal Rivalry: A perceptual conflict involving illusory moving and static forms

Arnold, Derek H., Erskine, Holly E., Roseboom, Warrick and Wallis, Thomas S. A. (2010) Spatiotemporal Rivalry: A perceptual conflict involving illusory moving and static forms. Psychological Science, 21 5: 692-699. doi:10.1177/0956797610366544

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Author Arnold, Derek H.
Erskine, Holly E.
Roseboom, Warrick
Wallis, Thomas S. A.
Title Spatiotemporal Rivalry: A perceptual conflict involving illusory moving and static forms
Journal name Psychological Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0956-7976
Publication date 2010-03-19
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0956797610366544
Volume 21
Issue 5
Start page 692
End page 699
Total pages 8
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA
Publisher Sage Publications Inc
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
1701 Psychology
Abstract In human vision, mechanisms specialized for encoding static form can signal the presence of blurred forms trailing behind moving objects. People are typically unaware of these motion-blur signals because other mechanisms signal sharply defined moving forms. When active, these mechanisms can suppress awareness of motion blur. Thus, although discrepant form signals can be produced, human vision usually settles on a single coherent perceptual outcome. Here we report a dramatic exception. We found that, in some circumstances, static motion-blur form signals and moving-form signals can engage in a dynamic competition for perceptual dominance. We refer to the phenomenon as spatiotemporal rivalry (STR). Our data confirm that moving- and static-form mechanisms can generate independent signals, each of which can intermittently dominate perception. STR could therefore be exploited to investigate how these mechanisms contribute to determining the content of visual awareness.
Keyword Visual consciousness
Multistable perception
Visual binding
Temporal vision
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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