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Visual masking and RSVP reveal neural Competition

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A test visual stimulus is harder to recognize when another stimulus is presented in close temporal vicinity; presenting stimuli in close spatial vicinity of a test stimulus reduces its visibility; presenting a stimulus to one eye can render invisible another stimulus presented to the other eye; and perceiving one interpretation of an ambiguous image prevents the simultaneous perception of other visual interpretations. A single, neurophysiological theory, which may be called 'neural competition' might explain all these phenomena: when two alternative neural visual representations co-exist in the brain,they compete against each other.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-125
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2002

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  • BINOCULAR-RIVALRY, CORTEX, MECHANISMS, ATTENTION, NEUROPHYSIOLOGY, INTEGRATION, RESPONSES, NEURONS, MOTION, MEMORY

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