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Biological Learning and Control: How the Brain Builds Representations, Predicts Events, and Makes Decisions

Reza Shadmehr and Sandro Mussa-Ivaldi


This book presents a theoretical framework for understanding the regularity of the brain’s perceptions, its reactions to sensory stimuli, and its control of movements. The book offers an account of perception as the combination of prediction and observation: the brain builds internal models that describe what should happen and then combines this prediction with reports from the sensory system to form a belief. Considering the brain’s control of movements, and variations despite biomechanical similarities among old and young, healthy and unhealthy, and humans and other animals, chapters review ... More

Keywords: sensory stimuli, control of movements, perception, prediction, observation, brain, internal models, belief, motor commands, economic decision

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780262016964
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016964.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reza Shadmehr, author

Sandro Mussa-Ivaldi, author