Floris de Lange (Donders)

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Bonn-Melbourne Seminar Series in Decision Making and Computational Psychiatry

Predictive Neural Representations in Vision and Language

Floris de Lange

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior, Nijmegen, Netherlands.


We live in a largely predictable world. Capitalizing on this structure allows us to predict events and agents around us. The ability to predict future input is potentially useful for more efficient encoding, learning and recognition of input, and therefore appears a crucial skill. In my talk, I will discuss recent studies from my lab, investigating behavior and brain activity, in which we are trying to elucidate the nature of predictive processing. I will argue that the brain represents a temporally discounted representation of future expected states. This representational format may lead to an efficient neural processing of expected input, and directs information sampling to situations of maximal uncertainty and surprise. I will illustrate this principle in the realm of visual perception and natural language understanding.

Thursday, 2 February 2023, 9:00 am CET / 7:00 pm AEDT

About the series:
The Bonn-Melbourne Seminar Series in Decision Making and Computational Psychiatry is part of the joint doctoral training and research collaboration at the intersection of decision neuroscience and computational psychiatry between the University of Bonn (spokesperson: Ulrich Ettinger) and the University of Melbourne (spokesperson: Carsten Murawski).

The online seminars take place on Thursdays at 9:00 am (CET)/7 pm (AEDT). Talks are 45 minutes long plus 15 minutes for questions and discussion. The target audience consists of students, PhD students, postdocs and researchers from both Bonn and Melbourne who have an interest in decision-making and computational psychiatry research.

More information about the seminar series is available here: https://www.psychologie.uni-bonn.de/de-en/about-us/sections/cognitive-psychology/bonn-melbourne-seminar?set_language=en

If you wish to take part, please feel free to contact us!