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Is perception discrete or continuous?

VanRullen, Rufin and Koch, Christof (2003) Is perception discrete or continuous? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 7 (5). pp. 207-213. ISSN 1364-6613. doi:10.1016/S1364-6613(03)00095-0.

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How does conscious perception evolve following stimulus presentation? The idea that perception relies on discrete processing epochs has been often considered, but never widely accepted. The alternative, a continuous translation of the external world into explicit perception, although more intuitive and subjectively appealing, cannot satisfactorily account for a large body of psychophysical data. Cortical and thalamocortical oscillations in different frequency bands could provide a neuronal basis for such discrete processes, but are rarely analyzed in this context. This article reconciles the unduly abandoned topic of discrete perception with current views and advances in neuroscience.

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VanRullen, Rufin0000-0002-3611-7716
Koch, Christof0000-0001-6482-8067
Additional Information:© 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. The authors would like to thank D. Eagleman for critical comments on the manuscript. The authors’ research is supported by the CNRS, the NSF, the NIMH, the NIH and the Keck Foundation.
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