Great expectations: a predictive processing account of automobile driving

Johan Engström*, Jonas Bärgman, Daniel Nilsson, Bobbie Seppelt, Gustav Markkula, Giulio Bianchi Piccinini, Trent Victor


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Predictive processing has been proposed as a unifying framework for understanding brain function, suggesting that cognition and behaviour can be fundamentally understood based on the single principle of prediction error minimisation. According to predictive processing, the brain is a statistical organ that continuously attempts get a grip on states in the world by predicting how these states cause sensory input and minimising the deviations between the predicted and actual input. While these ideas have had a strong influence in neuroscience and cognitive science, they have so far not been adopted in applied human factors research. The present paper represents a first attempt to do so, exploring how predictive processing concepts can be used to understand automobile driving. It is shown how a framework based on predictive processing may provide a novel perspective on a range of driving phenomena and offer a unifying framework for traditionally disparate human factors models.

TidsskriftTheoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)156-194
Antal sider39
StatusUdgivet - 4 mar. 2018

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