Seeing a Bayesian Ghost: Sensorimotor Activation Leads to an Illusory Social Perception

• Expecting a response to a social action can lead to an illusion of another person

• The brain does not merely respond to social signals but anticipates social behavior

• Sensorimotor activity indicates top-down predictions that outweigh sensory input

• Illusory social perception is associated with sensorimotor and parietal activity

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