Binocular switch suppression: A new method for persistently rendering the visible 'invisible'

Arnold, Derek H., Law, Phillip and Wallis, Thomas S. A. (2008) Binocular switch suppression: A new method for persistently rendering the visible 'invisible'. Vision Research, 48 8: 994-1001. doi:10.1016/j.visres.2008.01.020

Author Arnold, Derek H.
Law, Phillip
Wallis, Thomas S. A.
Title Binocular switch suppression: A new method for persistently rendering the visible 'invisible'
Journal name Vision Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0042-6989
Publication date 2008-03-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.visres.2008.01.020
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 48
Issue 8
Start page 994
End page 1001
Total pages 8
Editor D. M. Levi
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, UK
Publisher Pergamon Elsevier Science
Language eng
Subject C1
170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Abstract Rendering the usually visible ‘invisible’ has long been a popular experimental manipulation. With one notable exception, ‘continuous flash suppression’ [Tsuchiya, N., & Koch, C. (2005). Continuous flash suppression reduces negative afterimages. Nature Neuroscience, 8, 1096–1101], existing methods of achieving this goal suffer from being either unable to suppress stimuli from awareness for prolonged periods, from being unable to reliably suppress stimuli at specific epochs, or from a combination of both of these limitations. Here we report a new method, binocular switch suppression (BSS), which overcomes these restrictions. We establish that BSS is novel as it taps a different causal mechanism to the only similar pre-existing method. We also establish that BSS is superior to pre-existing methods both in terms of the depth and duration of perceptual suppression achieved. BSS should therefore prove to be a useful tool for the large number of researchers interested in exploring the neural correlates and functional consequences of conscious visual awareness.
Keyword Binocular suppression
Visual awareness
Implicit perception
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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