Online Symposium: Vision in Context

Dear Community,

we are happy to announce the online symposium “Vision in Context”, on September 15, 15:00 – 18:45 (CEST).

You can register (for free) on this website:

Perception is influenced by a multitude of contextual factors, such as recent sensory input, previous decisions, and prior expectations. While the existence of context effects has been known for decades, recent discoveries have increasingly highlighted ubiquitous and complex influences of contextual factors on visual processing and perception. How does the brain learn and utilize predictions based on spatial and temporal context? What is the role of spatial and temporal context at different levels of visual processing? What computational principles may underly contextual biases in visual processing and perception, and can these principles inform more general accounts of cortical processing? This symposium is aimed at elucidating some of the ways in which temporal and spatial context influences perception, working memory, and perceptual decision-making, by bridging different experimental approaches (behavior, neuroimaging, computational modeling) and species (rats/humans).


15:10 Athena Akrami (University College London, UK)
Formation and update of sensory “prior distributions” in working memory and perceptual decision making tasks

16:00 Jonathan Winawer (New York University, USA)
Extensions of visual hierarchical processing: From space to time and memory

17:00 Lucia Melloni (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, DE)
The role of predictions in consciousness

17:50 John Serences (University of California San Diego, USA)
Context and the locus of visual working memory

This symposium will be hosted online on Zoom. Talks will have a duration of 40 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers. The audience will be able to ask questions via chat and video. Information about accessing the symposium will be shared via email a few days prior to the event. Please register here to participate and receive access information.

Contact: Matthias Fritsche (

Best wishes,
Matthias Fritsche

Matthias Fritsche
Predictive Brain Lab
Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

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