This volume examines the neuroscience of visual consciousness, drawing on the phenomenon of binocular rivalry. It provides overviews of brain structure and function, the visual system, and neuroscientific methodologies, and then focuses on binocular rivalry from multiple perspectives: historical, psychophysical, electrophysiological, brain-imaging, brain stimulation, clinical and computational, with a glimpse also into the future of research in this exciting field. This is the first collected volume on binocular rivalry in nearly a decade and will be of special interest to researchers, scholars and students in the vision sciences, and more broadly in the psychological and clinical sciences. In addition, it lays foundations for a forthcoming interdisciplinary volume in this series on the constitution of phenomenal consciousness, making it essential reading for anyone interested in the science and philosophy of consciousness.
1. Acknowledgments; 2. Visual consciousness and binocular rivalry: An introduction (by Miller, Steven M.); 3. Constituents, organization and processes of the human brain (by Hannan, Anthony J.); 4. Overview of visual system structure and function (by Price, Nicholas S.C.); 5. Early views on binocular rivalry (by Wade, Nicholas J.); 6. Psychophysics of binocular rivalry (by Brascamp, Jan W.); 7. Investigating the structure and function of the brain: A methodological overview (by Thomson, Richard H.); 8. The neuron doctrine of binocular rivalry (by Sengpiel, Frank); 9. Functional neuroimaging of binocular rivalry (by Sterzer, Philipp); 10. Binocular rivalry, brain stimulation and bipolar disorder (by Ngo, Trung T.); 11. High-level modulations of binocular rivalry: Effects of stimulus configuration, spatial and temporal context, and observer state (by Bressler, David W.); 12. Binocular rivalry: Cooperation, competition, and decisions (by Wilson, Hugh R.); 13. The future of binocular rivalry research: Reaching through a window on consciousness (by Klink, P. Christiaan); 14. Index; 15. The stereoscopic viewer mentioned in this volume can be bought at http://www.3dstereo.com/viewmaster/svn-tmp.html