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Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Neural correlates of perceptual reality monitoring

Project description

Visual experience: reality vs imagination

A visual experience can be triggered by an external stimulus during perception or by a memory through mental imagery. Although these processes share similar neural mechanisms in the brain, we generally do not mistake imagination for reality. The EU-funded RealOrImagined project wishes to investigate the mechanism our brain uses to decide whether a visual experience is real or imagined. Using cutting-edge neuro-imaging techniques, scientists will assess how different brain areas work together to attribute the source of sensory signals and track external reality. The project’s findings will improve our understanding of how visual experience is created and have important implications for cases in which this process goes wrong, such as hallucinations.


Net EU contribution
€ 212 933,76
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom

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London Inner London — West Camden and City of London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00