The Centre for Cognitive and Brain Sciences (CCBS) of the University of Macau has initiated a series of seminar, starting from April 2021. You are cordially invited to join the 1st seminar of the series, with guest speaker Prof. Peng ZHANG from the Institute of Biophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Please register for participation :

Date: 16/04/2021 (Friday)
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Venue: N21-G013
Language: Chinese Mandarin 

Topic: Neural mechanisms of binocular rivalry in the human brain
Guest speaker: Prof. Peng ZHANG of IBP-CAS

Abstract: Human brain can actively generate vivid subjective visual experience based on limited information from the retinal images. The neural correlate of conscious visual perception remains as one of the most important and challenging question in cognitive neuroscience. In our lab, we use visual illusions such as binocular rivalry to investigate the neural correlate of consciousness. During binocular rivalry, two different images were presented to the corresponding retinal locations of the two eyes, the observers’ percept will alternate between the two eyes’ images in a stochastic fashion. The retinal input thus remains constant, while the subjective visual experience changes dramatically over time. Binocular rivalry has been considered as a powerful tool to investigate the neural correlate of consciousness. In this talk, I will introduce the background and recent important progress on studies of the neural mechanisms of binocular rivalry, and demonstrate how to combine the power of visual psychophysics, electroencephalogram (EEG) and high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to address this question.