Biological Cybernetics

, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 201–208

The dynamic model of binocular rivalry

  • Kiyotoshi Matsuoka

DOI: 10.1007/BF00334466

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Matsuoka, K. Biol. Cybern. (1984) 49: 201. doi:10.1007/BF00334466


Binocular rivalry is an interesting phenomenon observed in the human vision. It occurs when the right and left eyes are given different stimuli (pictures). This paper describes a mathematical model which explains the mechanism of binocular rivalry. Our basic assumption is that binocular rivalry is elicited by the mutual inhibition between the right and left visual neuron systems. The mutual inhibition between two neurons is first discussed in detail, where a special emphasis is put on a fatigue effect of neurons, and then its results are applied to a simulation model of binocular rivalry.

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© Springer-Verlag 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kiyotoshi Matsuoka
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  1. 1.Department of Control EngineeringKyushu Institute of TechnologyTobata, KitakyushuJapan

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