Prof. Harold Bekkering (Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour) will give a colloquium talk on Thursday March 3, 2016 at 4 pm in room MF-G613. More information here.
Successful social interaction demands humans to predict others’ behavior. To do so, internal models of others are generated based on previous observations. Prof. Bekkering will first outline basic concepts of Predictive Coding, a unifying theory that stresses that the brain in essence is a prediction machine, in the context of social cognition. Then, he will present some recent behavioral as well as Neuroimaging (fMRI and MEG) experiments that investigate the underlying neural mechanisms of predictions and importantly, prediction-errors in social situations, i.e., performances at the bowling lane, but also more categorical predictions about object preferences. Together, these studies provide novel insights into the neural mechanisms underlying the learning of individual and group-knowledge when predicting others’ behavior.