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The world tends to be stable over short time frames and exhibits strong temporal structure. Therefore, our brains can use information from the recent past in order to optimize neural processing and behavior in the current moment. In my PhD, I investigate the mechanisms by which our brains exploit this temporal structure. Specifically, I focus on how recent visual input and perceptual decisions influence the appearance of, and decisions about new visual input. Further, I investigate how past visual input influences the processing of new visual input on the neural level using neuroimaging techniques such as MEG and fMRI. Ultimately, I hope to unravel the tricks that our brains use in order to make optimal decisions in an inherently uncertain world.