Title

Binocular rivalry in split-brain observers

Document Type

Article

Publication details

O'Shea, RP & Corballis, PM 2003, 'Binocular rivalry in split-brain observers', Journal of Vision, vol. 3, no. 10, pp. 610-615.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1167/3.10.3

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

During binocular rivalry, visual perception switches between a stimulus viewed by one eye and a different stimulus viewed by the other. We studied rivalry in split-brain observers to test two explanations. Rivalry could reflect switching of activity between the cerebral hemispheres, or switching by a structure in the right frontoparietal cortex. From these two theories, we predict no rivalry when stimuli are presented to a split-brain observer's left hemisphere. Yet we found similar rivalry from the left and right hemispheres of the split-brain observers, consistent with switchings being mediated by low-level processes within each hemisphere.