Maximal mutual information, not minimal entropy, for escaping the "Dark Room"

Behav Brain Sci. 2013 Jun;36(3):220-1. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X12002415. Epub 2013 May 10.


A behavioral drive directed solely at minimizing prediction error would cause an agent to seek out states of unchanging, and thus easily predictable, sensory inputs (such as a dark room). The default to an evolutionarily encoded prior to avoid such untenable behaviors is unsatisfying. We suggest an alternate information theoretic interpretation to address this dilemma.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Attention / physiology*
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Cognitive Science / trends*
  • Humans
  • Perception / physiology*