The Mixed States of Associative Memories Realize Unimodal Distribution of Dominance Durations in Multistable Perception

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10261)


We propose a pulse neural network that exhibits chaotic pattern alternations among stored patterns as a model of multistable perception, which is reflected in phenomena such as binocular rivalry and perceptual ambiguity. When we regard the mixed state of patterns as a part of each pattern, the durations of the retrieved pattern obey unimodal distributions. The mixed states of the patterns are essential to obtain the results that are consistent with psychological studies. Based on these results, it is proposed that many pre-existing attractors in the brain might relate to the general category of multistable phenomena, such as binocular rivalry and perceptual ambiguity.


Pulse neural network Chaotic pattern alternations Multistable perception Binocular rivalry Perceptual ambiguity Dominance duration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, School of Advanced EngineeringKogakuin UniversityHachioji-city, TokyoJapan

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