Modulation of spatiotemporal dynamics of binocular rivalry by collinear facilitation and pattern-dependent adaptation

Min Suk Kang, Sang Hun Lee, June Kim, David Heeger, Randolph Blake

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The role of collinear facilitation was investigated to test predictions of a model for traveling waves of dominance during binocular rivalry (H. Wilson, R. Blake, & S. Lee, 2001). In Experiment 1, we characterized traveling wave dynamics using a recently developed technique called periodic perturbation (M.-S. Kang, D. Heeger, & R. Blake, 2009). Results reveal that the propagation speed of waves for a collinear stimulus increased regardless of whether that stimulus was suppressed (replicating earlier work) or dominant; this latter finding is contrary to the model's prediction. In Experiment 2, we measured perceptual dominance durations within a localized region in the center of two rival stimuli that varied in degree of collinearity. Results reveal that increased collinearity did not change average dominance durations regardless of the rivalry phase of the stimulus, again contrary to the model's prediction. Incorporating pattern-dependent modulation of adaptation rate into the model accounted for results from both experiments. Using model simulations, we show how interactions between collinear facilitation and pattern-dependent adaptation may influence the dynamics of binocular rivalry. We also discuss alternative interpretations of our findings, including the possible role of surround suppression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number3
JournalJournal of vision
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2010


  • Binocular rivalry
  • Collinear facilitation
  • Computational modeling
  • Perceptual dynamics
  • Perceptual organization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems

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