Priors and Learning in Cue Integration

Anna Seydell, David C. Knill and Julia Trommershäuser

in Sensory Cue Integration

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195387247
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918379 | DOI:

Series: Computational Neuroscience Series

Priors and Learning in Cue Integration

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This chapter reviews the role of prior knowledge for the integration of sensory information and discusses how priors can be modified by experience. It shows that prior knowledge affects perception at different levels. First, it often serves as an additional cue at the level of cue integration. Second, prior knowledge of statistical regularities in the world is also important for interpreting cues, because it can provide information needed to disambiguate sensory information and thus determines the shape of the likelihood function. Third, prior knowledge is also effective at a higher cognitive level, where it determines whether and how cues are integrated. The chapter concludes by discussing where prior knowledge comes from and how flexible it is.

Keywords: prior knowledge; sensory information; perception; cue integration; cue interpretation

Chapter.  9364 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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