There exist conditions where an observer experiences fluctuations in perception despite un-  
  changing visual stimulation, with a given perceptual interpretation moving in and out of aw-  
  areness. The presented stimulus switches between two competing states of awareness, imp-  
  lying Bistable perception can also be induced by presenting dissimilar monocular patterns to  
  corresponding areas of the two eyes. Called binocular rivalry, these stimulus conditions pro-  
 

duce patent fluctuations in visual awareness.

 
     
  @ VCN ,  
  We have experimental set-up for studying bistable perception during binocular rivalry.  
     
   
     
  For more information and demonstration about binocular rivalry,  
  visit Prof.Randolph Blake’s website  
     
  @ VCN ,  
 

We have been studying bistable perception and its interaction with other perceptual and

 
  cognitive processes with both psychophysical and neuroscientific methods.  
  Published works include,  
     
 
  • Kim, C-Y., Grossman, E. D., & Blake, R. (2013) Neural Activity Reflecting Perceptual  Awareness of Biologically Relevant Events. Korean Journal of Cognitive and Biological Psychology, 25(2), 153-172.
  • Kang, H., Kim, J-E., & Kim, C-Y. (2011) Organization of visual dimensions during binocular rivalry: color, form and their interaction. Korean Journal of Cognitive and Biological Psychology, 23(2), 195-214.
 
   
   
     
  @ VCN ,  
 

Exciting new studies on bistable perception are on-going. Topics include,

 
     
 
  • Bistable perception influenced by fear conditioning
  • Investigation into the neural “cause” for conscious visual awareness during binocular rivalry examined by subdural electrical stimulation methods
  • Binocular rivalry modulated by social associative learning
 
   
   
   
   
     
 

Our research on bistable perception has been supported by NRF research grants including,

 
     
 
  • “Does modulation of brain activities cause the change of conscious state?
    (Years 2009-2012, NRF-2009-0089090)”