Title

Psychophysical evidence for area V2 involvement in the reduction of subjective contour tilt aftereffects by binocular rivalry

Document Type

Article

Publication details

van der Zwan, R & Wenderoth, P 1994, 'Psychophysical evidence for area V2 involvement in the reduction of subjective contour tilt aftereffects by binocular rivalry', Visual Neuroscience, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 823-830.

Abstract

Previous research suggests binocular rivalry disrupts extrastriate, but not striate processes, although the locus along the visual pathway at which such disruption first occurs is uncertain. It has been argued that subjective contours arise via a two-stage process in which end-stopped cells feed into orientation-sensitive neurones in V2, and that orientation aftereffects induced with subjective contours are the product of mechanisms similar to those giving rise to real contour aftereffects. If binocular rivalry disrupts the acquisition of subjective contour aftereffects, then it follows from this model that rivalry disrupts processing in V2. Experiments reported here confirm this and provide evidence which suggests binocular rivalry arises through interactions between binocular neurones, rather than via some type of specialized binocular rivalry mechanism.