Plaid motion rivalry: Correlates with binocular rivalry and positive mood state

Sheppard, Bonita M. and Pettigrew, John D. (2006) Plaid motion rivalry: Correlates with binocular rivalry and positive mood state. Perception, 35 2: 157-169. doi:10.1068/p5395

Author Sheppard, Bonita M.
Pettigrew, John D.
Title Plaid motion rivalry: Correlates with binocular rivalry and positive mood state
Journal name Perception   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-0066
Publication date 2006-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1068/p5395
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 35
Issue 2
Start page 157
End page 169
Total pages 13
Editor R. L. Gregory
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 3200 Psychology
3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
Abstract Recently Hupe and Rubin (2003, Vision Research 43 531 - 548) re-introduced the plaid as a form of perceptual rivalry by using two sets of drifting gratings behind a circular aperture to produce quasi-regular perceptual alternations between a coherent moving plaid of diamond-shaped intersections and the two sets of component 'sliding' gratings. We call this phenomenon plaid motion rivalry (PMR), and have compared its temporal dynamics with those of binocular rivalry in a sample of subjects covering a wide range of perceptual alternation rates. In support of the proposal that all rivalries may be mediated by a common switching mechanism, we found a high correlation between alternation rates induced by PMR and binocular rivalry. In keeping with a link discovered between the phase of rivalry and mood, we also found a link between PMR and an individual's mood state that is consistent with suggestions that each opposing phase of rivalry is associated with one or the other hemisphere, with the 'diamonds' phase of PMR linked with the 'positive' left hemisphere.
Keyword Psychology
Psychology, Experimental
Perceptual Rivalry
Ambiguous Figures
Conscious Perception
Human Brain
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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