Attentional switching in humans and flies: rivalry in large and miniature brains

Miller, Steven Mark, Ngo, Trung Thanh and van Swinderen, Bruno (2012) Attentional switching in humans and flies: rivalry in large and miniature brains. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5 JANUARY 2012: 1-17. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2011.00188

Author Miller, Steven Mark
Ngo, Trung Thanh
van Swinderen, Bruno
Title Attentional switching in humans and flies: rivalry in large and miniature brains
Journal name Frontiers in Human Neuroscience   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1662-5161
Publication date 2012-01-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3389/fnhum.2011.00188
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 5
Issue JANUARY 2012
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Place of publication Lausanne, Switzerland
Publisher Frontiers Research Foundation
Language eng
Abstract Human perception, and consequently behavior, is driven by attention dynamics. In the special case of rivalry, where attention alternates between competing percepts, such dynamics can be measured and their determinants investigated. A recent study in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, now shows that the origins of attentional rivalry may be quite ancient. Furthermore, individual variation exists in the rate of attentional rivalry in both humans and flies, and in humans this is under substantial genetic influence. In the pathophysiological realm, slowing of rivalry rate is associated with the heritable psychiatric condition, bipolar disorder. Fly rivalry may therefore prove a powerful model to examine genetic and molecular influences on rivalry rate, and may even shed light on human cognitive and behavioral dysfunction.
Keyword Binocular rivalry
Ambiguous figure
Switch rate
Bipolar disorder
Individual variation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID 490976
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 18 January 2012.

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