Traveling waves of activity in primary visual cortex during binocular rivalry

Nat Neurosci. 2005 Jan;8(1):22-3. doi: 10.1038/nn1365. Epub 2004 Dec 5.


When the two eyes view large, dissimilar patterns that induce binocular rivalry, alternating waves of visibility are experienced as one pattern sweeps the other out of conscious awareness. Here we combine psychophysics with functional magnetic resonance imaging to show tight linkage between dynamics of perceptual waves during rivalry and neural events in human primary visual cortex (V1).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Functional Laterality
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Photic Stimulation / methods
  • Psychophysics
  • Reaction Time
  • Vision, Binocular / physiology*
  • Visual Cortex / physiology*
  • Visual Pathways / physiology
  • Visual Perception / physiology