Introduction to research topic - binocular rivalry: a gateway to studying consciousness

Alexander Gerd Maier, Theofanis I Panagiotaropoulos, Naotsugu Tsuchiya, Georgios A Keliris

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In 1593, Neapolitan polymath Giambattista della Porta publicly lamented that he was unable to improve his impressive productivity (he had published in areas as diverse as cryptography, hydraulics, pharmacology, optics, and classic fiction). Della Porta was trying to read two books simultaneously by placing both volumes side-by-side, and using each eye independently. To his great surprise, his setup allowed him to only read one book at a time. This discovery arguably marks the first written account of binocular rivalry (Wade, 2000) ? a perceptual phenomenon that more than 400 years later still both serves to intrigue as well as to illuminate the limits of scientific knowledge
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 3
Number of pages3
JournalFrontiers in Human Neuroscience
Issue numberArt No.: 263
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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