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

November 14, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Ralf Haefner; hosted by Jeff Beck
Ralf Haefner

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.