Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Seeing the FutureTheoretical Perspectives on Future-Oriented Mental Time Travel$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Kourken Michaelian, Stanley B. Klein, and Karl K. Szpunar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190241537

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190241537.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 20 April 2019

The Mechanisms and Benefits of a Future-Oriented Brain

The Mechanisms and Benefits of a Future-Oriented Brain

Chapter:
(p.267) 13 The Mechanisms and Benefits of a Future-Oriented Brain
Source:
Seeing the Future
Author(s):

Giovanni Pezzulo

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190241537.003.0013

The ubiquity of predictive processing in the brain suggests that it is functionally oriented toward the future. Mechanisms for predictive processing such as internal generative models can give rise to internally generated brain dynamics, thus permitting the brain to “detach,” at least partially, from the here and now of the current sensorimotor context. One example are internally generated sequences of neural activity in the rodent hippocampus, which can be produced and replayed in the absence of external cues, and have been linked to flexible decisions, planning, and memory functions. In this chapter the author considers the idea that other, more sophisticated kinds of detached cognition, such as counterfactual thinking and some forms of episodic simulation, might also be based on internally generated dynamics and use an internal model that originally supported predictive processing.

Keywords:   predictive processing, future, cognition, generative model, hippocampus, brain dynamics

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .