The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 224, Issue 8, pp 1477–1484 | Cite as

Controlling bistability in a stochastic perception model

  • A. N. Pisarchik
  • I. A. Bashkirtseva
  • L. B. Ryashko
Regular Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Multistability: Uncovering Hidden Attractors


Using a simple bistable perception model, we demonstrate how coexisting states can be controlled by periodic modulation applied to a control parameter responsible for the interpretation of ambiguous images. Because of stochastic processes in the brain, any percept is statistically recognized and multistability in perception never occurs. A stable periodic orbit created by the control modulation splits in two limit cycles in an inverse gluing bifurcation, which occurs when the modulation frequency increases. The statistical analysis of transitions between the coexisting states in the presence of noise reveals conditions under which an ambiguous image can be interpreted in a desired way determined by the control.


European Physical Journal Special Topic Noise Intensity Stable Limit Cycle Necker Cube Weak Noise 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. N. Pisarchik
    • 1
    • 2
  • I. A. Bashkirtseva
    • 3
  • L. B. Ryashko
    • 3
  1. 1.Centro de Investigaciones en OpticaLeon, GuanajuatoMexico
  2. 2.Computational Systems Biology, Center for Biomedical TechnologyTechnical University of Madrid, Campus MontegancedoMadridSpain
  3. 3.Institute of Mathematics and Computer SciencesUral Federal UniversityEkaterinburgRussia

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