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The mind's eye: How expectation and attention shape perception

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Project "PERCEPT" data sheet

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Organization address
address: DE BOELELAAN 1105
postcode: 1081 HV

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 1˙499˙938 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙938 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-08-01   to  2021-07-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    STICHTING VU NL (AMSTERDAM) coordinator 924˙938.00


 Project objective

Perception is more than meet’s the eye; how we see the world is critically shaped by attention (what is relevant) and as a growing body of work indicates, by past experience (what is likely). Overturning the classical notion of perception as a largely bottom-up process, the idea that our brain is a prediction machine, continually trying to predict what is ‘out there’ based on past experience, is quickly growing in stature and influence. Yet, little is still known about how predictions shape perceptual experience. Moreover, it is completely unknown to what extent predictive processing occurs automatically. Lastly, how the brain ultimately ‘decides’ on one hypothesis or interpretation of the current sensory state is still unclear. The proposed research program will address these outstanding questions with the ultimate aim to better understand how the brain infers the world and the mechanisms that give rise to perceptual experience. It will do so through an integrated application of psychophysical, neuroimaging, brain stimulation, mathematical modelling, and pharmacological techniques. The research program comprises three projects. The first project will examine how expectations are implemented in the brain and shape stimulus processing, independently from and aided by attention. The second project will reveal if one can teach oneself to be free of expectation and associated habitual responding, through intensive mental training, as cultivated by meditation. The third project will test the idea that the striatum, a subcortical brain region, and its irrigation by the neurotransmitter dopamine play a critical role in updating our internal model about the environment and thereby conscious perception. The proposed research will be critical in elucidating the mechanisms that underlie experience and the extent to which these mechanisms are plastic, and will have important implications for the study of clinical disorders characterized by dysfunctional experience of the world.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Heleen A Slagter, Josipa Alilovic, Simon Van Gaal
How early does attention modulate visual information processing? The importance of experimental protocol and data analysis approach
published pages: 26-28, ISSN: 1758-8928, DOI: 10.1080/17588928.2017.1372405
Cognitive Neuroscience 9/1-2 2019-06-19
2019 Julian Kiverstein, Erik Rietveld, Heleen A. Slagter, Damiaan Denys
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Pathology of Self-Confidence?
published pages: , ISSN: 1364-6613, DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2019.02.005
Trends in Cognitive Sciences 2019-05-22
2018 Meijs, Erik; Slagter, Heleen; De Lange, Floris; Van Gaal, Simon
Dynamic interactions between top-down expectations and conscious awareness
published pages: , ISSN: 0270-6474, DOI: 10.1101/151019
Journal of Neuroscience 2 2019-05-10
2019 Josipa Alilović, Bart Timmermans, Leon C. Reteig, Simon van Gaal, Heleen A. Slagter
No evidence that predictions and attention modulate the first feedforward sweep of cortical information processing
published pages: , ISSN: 1047-3211, DOI: 10.1101/351965
Cerebral Cortex 2019-05-10

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