The changing face of perceptual rivalry

Ngo, Trung T. and Liu, Guang B. and Tilley, Andrew J. and Pettigrew, John D. and Miller, Steven M. (2008) The changing face of perceptual rivalry. Brain Research Bulletin, 75 (5). pp. 610-618. ISSN 0361-9230


Functional brain-imaging studies of house-face binocular rivalry and Rubin's vase-faces illusion have consistently reported perception-dependent activity in the right fusiform gyrus. Here we use Rubin's illusion and report that activation of the left hemisphere by caloric vestibular stimulation increases the predominance of the faces percept in a substantial number of test subjects. While partially supporting the brain-imaging lateralization reports, our findings also challenge these studies by suggesting that neural mechanisms of Rubin's illusion cannot be limited to extrastriate perception-dependent processing. In accordance with our previously proposed interhemispheric switch model, the present findings support the notion that perceptual rivalry engages high-level cortical structures that mediate unihemisphere attentional selection.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2010 10:16
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: ambiguous figures; Rubin's figure-ground illusion; fusiform gyrus; face processing; caloric vestibular stimulation; interhemispheric switching
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170205 Neurocognitive Patterns and Neural Networks
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1109 Neurosciences > 110999 Neurosciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.brainresbull.2007.10.006

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