1981 volume 10(3) pages 283 – 293
doi:10.1068/p100283

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O'Shea R P, Crassini B, 1981, "The sensitivity of binocular rivalry suppression to changes in orientation assessed by reaction-time and forced-choice techniques" Perception 10(3) 283 – 293

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The sensitivity of binocular rivalry suppression to changes in orientation assessed by reaction-time and forced-choice techniques

Robert P O'Shea, Boris Crassini

Received 12 July 1980, in revised form 11 November 1980

Abstract. Binocular rivalry was induced between two orthogonal square-wave gratings of the same spatial frequency, luminance, contrast, and field size, presented dichoptically. One of the gratings could be instantly replaced by a third grating differing only in orientation. In one experiment subjects were required to respond as soon as an orientation change was noticed, and to withold response to catch trials (no orientation change). When orientation changes were made to the visible grating, reaction time was found to be a U-shaped function of the magnitude of orientation change. When orientation changes were made to the grating undergoing binocular-rivalry suppression, an overall increase in reaction time was found with the increase being greater for large orientation changes (an asymmetrical U-shaped function). In another experiment subjects were required to detect the direction of a change in orientation in a two-alternative forced-choice procedure. Thresholds were thus obtained for 75% correct performance. It was found that thresholds for orientation changes made to the visible and invisible fields were identical from 20° to 70° orientation change. Outside this range thresholds were higher when orientation changes were made to the field suppressed by binocular rivalry. It is argued that the orientation functions obtained in the two experiments may represent incomplete suppression of either form or transient information during binocular rivalry.

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