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People perceive and conceive of activity in terms of discrete events. Here the authors propose a theory according to which the perception of boundaries between events arises from ongoing perceptual processing and regulates attention and memory. Perceptual systems continuously make predictions about what will happen next. When transient errors in predictions arise, an event boundary is perceived. According to the theory, the perception of events depends on both sensory cues and knowledgedoi:10.1037/0033-2909.133.2.273 pmid:17338600 pmcid:PMC2852534 fatcat:5zrtd3tqvzeltilr7rucvwtviy