A1 Journal article – refereed
Perceptual reversals of Necker stimuli during intermittent presentation with limited attentional resources

List of Authors: Intaite M, Koivisto M, Revonsuo A
Publication year: 2013
Journal: Psychophysiology
Journal name in source: PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY
Number in series: 1
Volume number: 50
Issue number: 1
Number of pages: 15
ISSN: 0048-5772

During prolonged viewing of ambiguous stimuli, such as Necker cubes, sudden perceptual reversals occur from one perceptual interpretation to another. The role of attention in such reversals is not clear. We tested whether perceptual reversals depend on attentional resources by manipulating perceptual load and recording event-related potentials (ERPs) during intermittent presentation of Necker stimuli. The results did not reveal any influence for perceptual load on the frequency of reversals. The ERPs showed that perceptual load influenced electrophysiological activity over parieto-central areas in the P1 time window (110140?ms), but load did not modify the early enhancements of positivity (30140?ms), which correlated with perceptual reversals at occipito-temporal sites. We conclude that disambiguation of ambiguous figures is based on early mechanisms that can work efficiently with only a minimal amount of attentional resources.

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