A generalized stochastic framework for linking perceptual and physiological processes in dysfunctional sensory predictions
Project TP4 represents a translational study that uses stochastic models and statistical analyses in order to integrate results obtained in the other subprojects into one coherent theoretical framework. The main question focuses on the impact of specific (dopaminergic) firing patterns on dysfunctional sensory predictions, which have been proposed to be one important mechanism for the formation and maintenance of delusions. Therefore, this project will merge neurophysiological phenomena observed in the activity of dopaminergic neurons in animals and patients as well as perceptual phenomena in psychological experiments. These highly diverse processes will be investigated with respect to related statistical properties such as burstiness and (ir-)regularity and their dynamical changes in order to identify relevant firing patterns and their role in dysfunctional sensory prediction.