On the Discovery of Monocular Rivalry by Tscherning in 1898: Translation and Review

Robert P. O'Shea (Lead / Corresponding author), Urte Roeber, Nicholas J. Wade

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Abstract

Monocular rivalry was named by Breese in 1899. He made prolonged observation of superimposed orthogonal gratings; they fluctuated in clarity with either one or the other grating occasionally being visible alone. A year earlier, Tscherning observed similar fluctuations with a grid of vertical and horizontal lines and with other stimuli; we draw attention to his prior account. Monocular rivalry has since been shown to occur with a wide variety of superimposed patterns with several independent rediscoveries of it. We also argue that Helmholtz described some phenomenon other than monocular rivalry in 1867.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalI-Perception
Volume8
Issue number6
Early online date29 Nov 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Journal article
  • Perception
  • Rivalry/bistability
  • History
  • Translation
  • Tscherning
  • Breese
  • Helmholtz

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