Planning as inference

Trends Cogn Sci. 2012 Oct;16(10):485-8. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2012.08.006. Epub 2012 Aug 30.


Recent developments in decision-making research are bringing the topic of planning back to center stage in cognitive science. This renewed interest reopens an old, but still unanswered question: how exactly does planning happen? What are the underlying information processing operations and how are they implemented in the brain? Although a range of interesting possibilities exists, recent work has introduced a potentially transformative new idea, according to which planning is accomplished through probabilistic inference.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Concept Formation*
  • Decision Making*
  • Humans
  • Intention*
  • Mental Processes
  • Probability Learning