Biological Cybernetics

, Volume 70, Issue 4, pp 345–349

Chaos in percepts?

  • W. Richards
  • H. R. Wilson
  • M. A. Sommer
Article

Abstract

Multistability in perceptual tasks has suggested that the mechanisms underlying our percepts might be modeled as nonlinear, deterministic systems that exhibit chaotic behavior. We present evidence supporting this view, obtaining an estimate of 3.5 for the dimensionality of such a system. A surprising result is that this estimate applies for a rather diverse range of perceptual tasks.

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© Springer-Verlag 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Richards
    • 1
  • H. R. Wilson
    • 2
  • M. A. Sommer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Brain and Cognitive SciencesMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Visual Sciences Center, University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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