Predictive feedback and conscious visual experience

Matthew F. Panichello, Olivia Cheung, Moshe Bar

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Abstract

The human brain continuously generates predictions about the environment based on learned regularities in the world. These predictions actively and efficiently facilitate the interpretation of incoming sensory information. We review evidence that, as a result of this facilitation, predictions directly influence conscious experience. Specifically, we propose that predictions enable rapid generation of conscious percepts and bias the contents of awareness in situations of uncertainty. The possible neural mechanisms underlying this facilitation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberArticle 620
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume3
Issue numberJAN
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 12 2013

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Keywords

  • Associative processing
  • Context
  • Object recognition
  • Perception
  • Predictions
  • Priming
  • Top-down
  • Visual awareness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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