Journal article

Predictions drive neural representations of visual events ahead of incoming sensory information

Tessel Blom, Daniel Feuerriegel, Philippa Johnson, Stefan Bode, Hinze Hogendoorn

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences | NATL ACAD SCIENCES | Published : 2020

Abstract

The transmission of sensory information through the visual system takes time. As a result of these delays, the visual information available to the brain always lags behind the timing of events in the present moment. Compensating for these delays is crucial for functioning within dynamic environments, since interacting with a moving object (e.g., catching a ball) requires real-time localization of the object. One way the brain might achieve this is via prediction of anticipated events. Using time-resolved decoding of electroencephalographic (EEG) data, we demonstrate that the visual system represents the anticipated future position of a moving object, showing that predictive mechanisms activa..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Government through the Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme (Project DP180102268) awarded to H.H. We would like to thank Jane Yook for her help in the data collection, and the members of both the Time in Brain and Behavior Laboratory and the Decision Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Melbourne for their insightful comments on the work.