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Binocular Rivalry : A Bradford Book - David Alais

Binocular Rivalry

A Bradford Book

By: David Alais (Editor), Randolph Blake (Editor)

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Researchers today in neuroscience and cognitive psychology increasingly turn their attention to binocular rivalry and other forms of perceptual ambiguity or bistability. The study of fluctuations in visual perception in the face of unchanging visual input offers a means for understanding the link between neural events and visual events, including visual awareness. Some neuroscientists believe that binocular rivalry reveals a fundamental aspect of human cognition and provides a way to isolate and study brain areas involved in attention and selection. The eighteen essays collected in "Binocular Rivalry" present the most recent theoretical and empirical work on this key topic by leading researchers in the field. After the opening chapter's overview of the major characteristics of binocular rivalry in their historical contexts, the contributors consider topics ranging from the basic phenomenon of perceptual ambiguity to brain models and neural networks. The essays illustrate the potential power of the study of perceptual ambiguity as a tool for learning about the neural concomitants of visual awareness, or, as they have been called, the "neural correlates of consciousness."

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"Our two eyes normally work in harmony, but if they look at very different things the result is a curious alternation of perception called binocular rivalry. As with so many other perceptual illusions (such as apparent motion, constancy effects, and shape from shading), rivalry was regarded mainly as a curiosity in the past. In the last two decades, though, there has been a tremendous resurgence of interest, thanks to a handful of young researchers, including Randolph Blake. This collection presents a valuable cross section of ideas on the subject and is a refreshing antidote to the tedium of humdrum 'classical' psychophysics that until recently have dominated the field."--V.S. Ramachandran, Professor and Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego "In *From Molecule to Metaphor*, Jerome Feldman takes us on a fascinating tour through the mysteries of the human brain, revealing new and unexpected vistas. The ideas are deep, as should be expected from one of the pioneers in the field, but also lucidly presented for the nonspecialist reader."--V.S. Ramachandran, Professor and Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xvii
Landmarks in the History of Binocular Rivalryp. 1
Ambiguities and Rivalries in the History of Binocular Visionp. 29
The Nature and Depth of Binocular Rivalry Suppression
Investigations of the Neural Basis of Binocular Rivalryp. 63
Parallel Pathways and Temporal Dynamics in Binocular Rivalryp. 81
Human Development of Binocular Rivalryp. 101
Surface Representation and Attention Modulation Mechanisms in Binocular Rivalryp. 117
Dynamics of Perceptual Bistability: Plaids and Binocular Rivalry Comparedp. 137
Interocular Grouping in Binocular Rivalry: Basic Attributes and Combinationsp. 155
Binocular Rivalry and the Perception of Depthp. 169
From Contour to Object-Face Rivalry: Multiple Neural Mechanisms Resolve Perceptual Ambiguityp. 187
Responses of Single Neurons in the Human Brain during Flash Suppressionp. 213
Binocular Rivalry and the Illusion of Monocular Visionp. 231
The Functional Role of Oscillatory Neuronal Synchronization for Perceptual Organization and Selectionp. 259
Perceptual Rivalry as an Ultradian Oscillationp. 283
Binocular Rivalry in the Divided Brainp. 301
Rivalry and Perceptual Oscillations: A Dynamical Synthesisp. 317
A Neural Network Model of Top-Down Rivalryp. 337
Contributorsp. 357
Name Indexp. 361
Subject Indexp. 369
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ISBN: 9780262012126
ISBN-10: 026201212X
Series: A Bradford Book
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 1st November 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.79