Repetition suppression and its contextual determinants in predictive coding

Cortex. 2016 Jul;80:125-40. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2015.11.024. Epub 2016 Jan 19.


This paper presents a review of theoretical and empirical work on repetition suppression in the context of predictive coding. Predictive coding is a neurobiologically plausible scheme explaining how biological systems might perform perceptual inference and learning. From this perspective, repetition suppression is a manifestation of minimising prediction error through adaptive changes in predictions about the content and precision of sensory inputs. Simulations of artificial neural hierarchies provide a principled way of understanding how repetition suppression - at different time scales - can be explained in terms of inference and learning implemented under predictive coding. This formulation of repetition suppression is supported by results of numerous empirical studies of repetition suppression and its contextual determinants.

Keywords: Mismatch negativity; Perceptual inference; Perceptual learning; Predictive coding; Repetition suppression.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain Mapping*
  • Comprehension / physiology*
  • Computer Simulation*
  • Humans
  • Learning / physiology*
  • Models, Neurological*
  • Predictive Value of Tests*