Our brains are prediction machines. In the recent years, this idea has been taken increasinglyseriously by both cognitive scientists and philosophers of mind. One specific framework within the new stream of research, Predictive Processing (PP), has enjoyed especial popularity. PP has been used to account for a wide variety of perceptual and cognitive processes in multiple domains, including vision, body-awareness, language, emotion, and abnormal psychiatry. The wide applicability of PP makes it an attractive candidate for a unifying framework of human cognition. So far, however, the largest body of research in PP has focused on (visual) perception and its particular neural mechanisms. Our project tries to answer the question “Can PP be extended to higher-order cognitive processes?” and intends to address the relationship between PP, conscious thought, and its phenomenology.

Keywords: Predictive processing, reasoning, metacognition, perception-cognition continuity

At this stage we are:
  • Exploring the “architectural” commitments of predictive processing and the assumptions associated with them;

  • Examining what it means to do conscious reasoning;
  • Arguing that some of the problems related to the extension of PP to thought stem from a misrepresentation of the PP machinery and the usage of a particular notion of thought.
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Our publications:

Rappe, S. (2020). Now, Never, or Coming Soon? Prediction and Efficient Language Processing. Pragmatics Cognition, forthcoming.

Slides from Sofiia’s recent talk on predictive processing and language:

A list of good readings on predictive processing:

Our biweekly Predictive Processing Reading Group:
 Mondays, 2-4 pm
 Schillingstraße 10, Neurophilsophy Seminar Room

Sofiia Rappe
Sofiia Rappe

Project Lead

Ophelia Deroy
Ophelia Deroy