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Mapperson, Barry Norman 1981 , 'Aspects of monocular rivalry', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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What we see may often be interpreted in several ways. Under
such conditions, our visual system seems to alternate spontaneously
between the various possible interpretations: sometimes one percept
will be experienced and sometimes another.
The present thesis is concerned with a particular form of
perceptual instability known as 'monocular rivalry'. It is argued
that both the extent to which one percept dominates over another,
and the rate at which such changes occur, may be best understood in
terms of basic physiological processes. If this is accepted, it
appears that perceptual alternations may provide a useful alternative
method of investigating the processes underlying pattern analysis
in the human visual system.
The present experiments were not designed to investigate the 1 nature of the mechanism underlying perceptual alternations. It is
argued nevertheless that taken in conjunction with previous findings,
they are most'satisfactorially understood in terms of a 'cyclic
decision' model (Vickers, 1972). Although the present findings are
of primary interest in that they appear to resolve certain discrepancies
and to suggest a correlation between areas often regarded as disparate,
it is suggested that the phenomena of monocular rivalry may, for
several reasons, be particularly appropriate for testing more general
issues in this area.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Mapperson, Barry Norman
Keywords: Visual perception, Vision, Monocular
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Thesis (M.A.)--University of Tasmania, 1982. Includes the author's published papers. Bibliography : l. 49-55

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