Hierarchy of cortical responses underlying binocular rivalry

Nat Neurosci. 2007 Aug;10(8):1048-54. doi: 10.1038/nn1939. Epub 2007 Jul 15.


During binocular rivalry, physical stimulation is dissociated from conscious visual awareness. Human brain imaging reveals a tight linkage between the neural events in human primary visual cortex (V1) and the dynamics of perceptual waves during transitions in dominance during binocular rivalry. Here, we report results from experiments in which observers' attention was diverted from the rival stimuli, implying that: competition between two rival stimuli involves neural circuits in V1, and attention is crucial for the consequences of this neural competition to advance to higher visual areas and promote perceptual waves.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attention / physiology
  • Brain Mapping*
  • Dominance, Ocular*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Oxygen / blood
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual / physiology
  • Photic Stimulation / methods
  • Psychophysics
  • Reaction Time
  • Vision, Binocular / physiology*
  • Visual Cortex / blood supply
  • Visual Cortex / physiology*
  • Visual Pathways / physiology


  • Oxygen