Prediction in goal-directed action

Katja Fiehler, Eli Brenner, Miriam Spering

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Prediction allows humans and other animals to prepare for future interactions with their environment. This is important in our dynamically changing world that requires fast and accurate reactions to external events. Knowing when and where an event is likely to occur allows us to plan eye, hand, and body movements that are suitable for the circumstances. Predicting the sensory consequences of such movements helps to differentiate between self-produced and externally generated movements. In this review, we provide a selective overview of experimental studies on predictive mechanisms in human vision for action. We present classic paradigms and novel approaches investigating mechanisms that underlie the prediction of events guiding eye and hand movements.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Vision
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019


This work was supported by the German Research Foundation-Collaborative Research Centre SFB/TRR 135, Project A4 and the DFG FI 1567/6-1 (TAO, The active observer) to KF, by NSERC Discovery Grant and Accelerator Supplement to MS, and by project number 464.18.111 (TAO, The active observer) of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to EB.

FundersFunder number
German Research Foundation-Collaborative Research Centre
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada464.18.111
Deutsche ForschungsgemeinschaftFI 1567/6-1
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek


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