UBC Math Bio Seminar: John Rinzel

  • Date: 03/15/2023
  • Time: 14:00
John Rinzel, Courant Institute

University of British Columbia


Bistable Dynamics of Perceiving Ambiguous Stimuli


When experiencing an ambiguous sensory stimulus (e.g., the vase-faces image), subjects may report random alternations (time scale, seconds) between the possible interpretations. I will describe dynamical models with multiple time scales for neuronal populations that compete (fast time scale) through mutual inhibition for dominance - showing alternations (slow time scale). The models behave as noisy oscillators or as multistable systems subject to noise-driven switching. In highly idealized formulations networks are percept specific without direct representation of stimulus features. Our recent work involves perception of ambiguous auditory stimuli (e.g., http://auditoryneuroscience.com/scene-analysis/streaming-galloping-rhyth... slider settings: rate=8, df=3 or 6 or 10). The models explicitly incorporate sound features - perceptual selectivity is emergent rather than built-in.

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Location: Online. Contact Katie Faulkner for link

Time: 2pm PacificĀ