Sensorimotor learning and decision-making in variable and uncertain environments

Recent advances in movement neuroscience suggest that sensorimotor
control can be considered as a continuous decision-making process in complex environments in which uncertainty and task variability play a key role. Leading theories of motor control assume that the motor system learns probabilistic models and that motor behavior can be explained as the optimization of payoff or cost criteria under the expectation of these models. Here we discuss first how the motor system exploits task variability to build up efficient models and then discuss evidence that humans deviate from Bayes optimal behavior in their movements, because they exhibit effects of model uncertainty. Furthermore, we discuss in how far model uncertainty can be considered as a special case of
a general decision-making framework inspired by statistical physics and thermodynamics.



Herr PD Dr. Dr. Daniel A. Braun
Emmy Noether RGL Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics Tübingen


Montag, 16. Februar 2015, 16 Uhr c.t.


Universität Ulm, O28, Raum 1002 (Videoübertragung zur Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg G26.1-010)