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How our expectations can make us hallucinate: the neural mechanisms underlying perception

Project description

Tracing the pathways of the brain during subjective perception

Our visual perception of the world is a result not only of the actual images presented to our eyes, but also of our expectations about what we are likely to see. In cases when sensory signals are poor or absent, strong expectations can even cause us to see things that are not there - hallucinations. The brain mechanism that is responsible for these conditions remains unknown. By using strong visual expectations to induce hallucinations in healthy human participants, the EU-funded EXPECTPERCEPT project will study the neural mechanisms underlying subjective perception. The project aims to provide findings that will improve our understanding of clinical disorders characterised by aberrations in perception, such as psychosis.

Call for proposal

ERC-2020-STG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-STG - Starting Grant

Host institution

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 484 575

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 484 575
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments