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Floris de Lange

Neuroscience Symposium

Datum 31 mei 2024
Onderzoeksgroep Levelt
Locatie Amsterdam
Programma 16:00 uur – Prediction in Visual Cognition
16:45 uur – Discussie en borrel

Host: prof. Christiaan Levelt
Plasticity, critical periods, visual system, inhibitory neurons. e-mail:

The Guest Speaker:

Prof. Dr. Floris de Lange
Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen.

Title: Prediction in Visual Cognition.


We live in a largely predictable world: e.g. objects usually don’t suddenly change shape, and light usually comes from above. Prediction is a hallmark of understanding, and our ability to capitalize on predictable structure in the environment lies at the heart of intelligence. A central hypothesis of my lab is that the brain is a prediction machine, comparing incoming signals with prior expectations. We seek to elucidate how this process is implemented in neural hardware.

In my talk, I will discuss recent behavioral and neural findings from our lab that shed light on the nature of predictive processing. Drawing on behavioral data, computational modeling, invasive electrophysiology in mice and neuroimaging in humans, I will show how various forms of prior knowledge shape the neural computations that give rise to perceptual experience.

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