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Predictions in the Brain: Using Our Past to Generate a Future

Moshe Bar


When one is immersed in the fascinating world of neuroscience findings, the brain might start to seem like a collection of “modules,” each specializes in a specific mental feat. But just like in other domains of Nature, it is possible that much of the brain and mind's operation can be explained with a small set of universal principles. Given exciting recent developments in theory, and empirical findings and computational studies, it seems that the generation of predictions might be one strong candidate for such a universal principle. This is the focus of this book. From the predictions require ... More

Keywords: brain, universal principles, predictions, computational principles, memory, simulation, thoughts, imagery, concepts, language

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195395518
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395518.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Moshe Bar, editor

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Chapter 1 Varieties of Future Experience

Karl K. Szpunar and Endel Tulving

Chapter 4 Architecture of Counterfactual Thought in the Prefrontal Cortex

Aron K. Barbey, Frank Krueger, and Jordan Grafman

Chapter 6 The Construction System of the Brain

Demis Hassabis and Eleanor A. Maguire

Chapter 12 Prediction: A Construal-Level Theory Perspective

Nira Liberman, Yaacov Trope, and SoYon Rim

Chapter 13 Previews, Premotions, and Predictions

Daniel T. Gilbert and Timothy D. Wilson

Chapter 18 Sequence Memory for Prediction, Inference, and Behavior

Jeff Hawkins, Dileep George, and Jamie Niemasik

Chapter 20 The Neurobiology of Memory-Based Predictions

Howard Eichenbaum and Norbert J. Fortin

Chapter 23 Making Predictions: A Developmental Perspective

Cristina M. Atance and Laura K. Hanson

Chapter 25 Mental Time Travel and the Shaping of the Human Mind

Thomas Suddendorf, Donna Rose Addis, and Michael C. Corballis