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date: 25 January 2020

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Many important aspects of objects and scenes are fundamentally ambiguous in the retinal images. This ambiguity at the input stage to vision poses a fundamental challenge in perceptual organization as the competing interpretations invariably give rise to a bistable behavior in which the two competing percepts alternate over time. The most common approach to studying visual ambiguity is binocular rivalry, in which two different images are presented, one to each eye. Here we review the basic properties of binocular rivalry and discuss its links with perceptual organization. We also address the role of attention and top-down influences on the interpretation of visual ambiguity, as well as recent work highlighting the moderating influence of multisensory context on binocular rivalry.

Keywords: visual ambiguity, interpretation, bistability, competition, multisensory

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