Brain Architecture: DAC and the Cerebellum

Thursday, 3 September, 2015 - 15:30 to 17:30

This tutorial will be address the function of the cerebellum in the acquisition of anticipatory reflexes, such as the conditioned eye-blink reflex, the vestibulo ocular reflex or anticipatory postural adjustments. In the first part of the tutorial I will propose a definition of anticipatory reflexes as reactions to predicted stimuli. In the second part, I will discuss how the olivo-cerebellar system allows blending of anticipatory feed-forward behavior with reactive/feedback one. And finally, time allowing, I will illustrate how in the case of anticipatory reflexes, reactive actions can be driven by either factual or counterfactual predictions, and discuss what this distinction entails for the theory of cerebellar function, brain theories in general and DAC in particular.