The School of Psychology proudly presents:
The Psychonomic Seminar Series 2006
"Stuffing the drunken yobs of ignorance into the paddywagon of empiricism"
This coming Friday 15th September at 3pm in room 304, we are very privileged to welcome the fantastic Dr Derek Arnold who will be adding a celebrity sheen to our fantastic line up this semester. After an intense yet colourful though frilly education at Macquarie University, where he completed his PhD on "The Temporal Dynamics of Visual Processing" in 2002, he went to University College London in London as an Anglo-Australian Research Fellow and then rebounded to Sydney University before joining us here at UQ. Dr Arnold has a first-authored publication in Nature and several other breathtakingly prestigious publications, which means he is extremely clever. He was even considered for inclusion on the first manned flight to Neptune as in-flight vision scientist (though was subsequently rejected due to an abnormal fingernail).
Dr Arnold will be talking about:
"Why things disappear during binocular rivalry..."
When different images are shown to the two eyes, awareness can alternate such that each is intermittently suppressed and only one image is perceived at a time. This phenomenon has generated broad interest as it permits an opportunity to explore the relationship between changes in conscious vision and brain activity in the absence of changes to sensory input. Contemporary debate has largely focused on alternate possibilities - that suppression is related to the selection of a particular stimulus or to the selection of images from a specific eye. However, the function of binocular rivalry remains a point of contention. We have shown, using a manipulation that ensures suppression is unambiguously related to a particular stimulus rather than to a specific eye, that suppression