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COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE

Uncertain perceptual confidence

To interact safely with our environment, we must be able to judge our confidence in what we perceive. But what cues do we use to compute perceptual confidence? Geurts et al.1 decode brain activity and show that perceptual confidence is based on the distribution of sensory uncertainty, combining uncertainty driven by the input and the visual system.

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Fig. 1: Relationship between perceptual uncertainty and confidence in an orientation estimation task.

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Mamassian, P. Uncertain perceptual confidence. Nat Hum Behav 6, 179–180 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-021-01248-9

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