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The"Bayesian"brain, with a bit less Bayes

@inproceedings{Spaak2021TheBayesianbrainWA,
  title={The"Bayesian"brain, with a bit less Bayes},
  author={Eelke Spaak},
  year={2021}
}
  • E. Spaak
  • Published 17 November 2021
  • Computer Science
The idea that the brain is a probabilistic (Bayesian) inference machine, continuously trying to figure out the hidden causes of its inputs, has become very influential in cognitive (neuro)science over recent decades. Here I present a relatively straightforward generalization of this idea: the primary computational task that the brain is faced with is to track the probabilistic structure of observations themselves, without recourse to hidden states. Taking this starting point seriously turns out… 

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