Predictive feedback and conscious visual experience

Matthew F. Panichello, Olivia S. Cheung, Moshe Bar

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

95 Scopus citations


The human brain continuously generates predictions about the environment based on learned regularities in the world. These predictions actively and efficiently facilitate the interpretation of incoming sensory information. We review evidence that, as a result of this facilitation, predictions directly influence conscious experience. Specifically, we propose that predictions enable rapid generation of conscious percepts and bias the contents of awareness in situations of uncertainty. The possible neural mechanisms underlying this facilitation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberArticle 620
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Issue numberJAN
StatePublished - 2012


  • Associative processing
  • Context
  • Object recognition
  • Perception
  • Predictions
  • Priming
  • Top-down
  • Visual awareness


Dive into the research topics of 'Predictive feedback and conscious visual experience'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this