Overlapping features can be parsed on the basis of rapid temporal cues that produce stable emergent percepts

Satoru Suzuki*, Marcia Grabowecky

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When two overlapping displays alternate rapidly, it is difficult to resolve the temporal coincidence of objects, parts, or features. However, under certain conditions (at least for luminance-based stimuli) rapid temporal coincidence can be detected on the basis of stable emergent percepts in which parts that oscillate in phase appear more strongly grouped than (or appear distinct from) parts that oscillate out of phase. These emergent percepts appear as depth segregation, enhanced slow orientation rivalry, and oriented shimmer (a new phenomenon that cannot be explained in terms of conventional apparent motion or temporal contrast illusions). These percepts resulted in up to an eightfold decrease in the coincidence detection threshold (alternations as fast as 20 ms/frame or 25 Hz) relative to control conditions that did not yield them; these sensitivity enhancements are unlikely to be due to temporal probability summation. The results provide psychophysical evidence that temporal-phase information can contribute to the parsing of overlapping patterns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2669-2692
Number of pages24
JournalVision Research
Issue number24
StatePublished - Nov 2002


  • Flicker
  • Orientation
  • Oscillation
  • Rivalry
  • Shimmer
  • Synchrony
  • Temporal phase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


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