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How does surprise influence cognition and behavior?

Project description

The 'curious' aspect of surprise signals

Curiosity is the main driver of learning. In life, this can be seen in all our efforts to understand and predict future events, as well as verify expectations, beliefs, and cognitive models. Also, surprise (a distance between one’s prior and current beliefs) elicits an emotional response that strongly drives curiosity. However, the complex brain mechanisms responsible for surprise is still far from being explained. To fill this gap, the EU-funded SURPRISE project will explore how surprise is computed within sensory circuits and how it influences information-seeking behaviour. It will use a multi-scale and multi-method study for critical surprise signals to determine their impacts on cognitive and behavioural activity.

Call for proposal

ERC-2020-COG
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Host institution

STICHTING RADBOUD UNIVERSITEIT
Address
Houtlaan 4
6525 XZ Nijmegen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 2 000 000

Beneficiaries (1)

STICHTING RADBOUD UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 2 000 000
Address
Houtlaan 4
6525 XZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments