Scene construction, visual foraging and active inference

1Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, Institute of Neurology, University College London, United Kingdom 2Division of Psychiatry, University College London, United Kingdom 3Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, United Kingdom 4Translational Neuromodeling Unit (TNU), Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Switzerland 5Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research, United Kingdom This paper describes an active inference scheme for visual searches and the perceptual synthesis entailed by scene construction. Active inference assumes that perception and action minimise variational free energy, where actions are selected to minimise the free energy expected in the future. This assumption generalises risk-sensitive control and expected utility theory to include epistemic value; namely, the value (or salience) of information inherent in resolving uncertainty about the causes of ambiguous cues or…


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