The free energy principle for action and perception: A mathematical review

Buckley, Christopher L, Chang, Sub Kim, McGregor, Simon and Seth, Anil K (2017) The free energy principle for action and perception: A mathematical review. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 81. pp. 55-79. ISSN 0022-2496

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The ‘free energy principle’ (FEP) has been suggested to provide a unified theory of the brain, integrating data and theory relating to action, perception, and learning. The theory and implementation of the FEP combines insights from Helmholtzian ‘perception as inference’, machine learning theory, and statistical thermodynamics. Here, we provide a detailed mathematical evaluation of a suggested biologically plausible implementation of the FEP that has been widely used to develop the theory. Our objectives are (i) to describe within a single article the mathematical structure of this implementation of the FEP; (ii) provide a simple but complete agent-based model utilising the FEP and (iii) to disclose the assumption structure of this implementation of the FEP to help elucidate its significance for the brain sciences.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Research Centres and Groups: Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0309 Consciousness. Cognition Including learning, attention, comprehension, memory, imagination, genius, intelligence, thought and thinking, psycholinguistics, mental fatigue
H Social Sciences > HG Finance > HG0101 Theory. Method. Relation to other subjects > HG0106 Mathematical models
Depositing User: Marianne Cole
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2017 10:48
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2017 15:32

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