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Perceptual decision-making as hierarchical probabilistic inference: from neural correlations to confirmation bias

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Thursday, November 14, 2019
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Ralf Haefner; hosted by Jeff Beck
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Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience Meeting

Our primary scientific interest lies in understanding how the brain forms percepts and uses them to make decisions, especially in the visual domain. In particular, we are interested in how the brain's perceptual beliefs about the outside world are represented by the responses of populations of cortical neurons and how their spiking activity gives rise to percepts and decisions. To that end we construct mathematical models that aim to explain neural responses and behavior.