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Sensory Cue Integration$
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Julia Trommershäuser, Konrad Kording, and Michael S. Landy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195387247

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387247.001.0001

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Causal Inference in Sensorimotor Learning and Control

Causal Inference in Sensorimotor Learning and Control

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(p.30) CHAPTER 2 Causal Inference in Sensorimotor Learning and Control
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Sensory Cue Integration
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Kunlin Wei

Konrad P. Körding

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387247.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the issue of causal inference in perception and action, arguing that ambiguous sensory cues only make sense when the brain understands their causes. It takes a normative view, which focuses on how the nervous system could optimally infer properties of the body or world for perception and sensorimotor control given assumptions about noise in the body and the environment. The normative approach aims to understand why the nervous system works the way it does and not the specific mechanisms that give rise to behavior. Specifically, it asks how the nervous system should estimate the causal relation of events (e.g., errors and movements) and then compare the predictions of these optimal inference models to the way humans actually behave.

Keywords:   perception, action, causal inference, sensory cures, brain, nervous system, sensorimotor control, normative approach

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