About me


Understanding the biological basis of conscious experience is one of the great challenges for 21st century science.

I am Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, where I am also Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. I am also a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Program on Brain, Mind, and Consciousness, and Co-Director of the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme: From Sensation and Perception to Awareness.

I am Editor-in-Chief of Neuroscience of Consciousness (Oxford University Press), was Conference Chair of the 16th Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC16, 2012), and since 2014 I've been a member 'at large' for the ASSC. I was the 2017 President of the British Science Association (Psychology Section), and I'm a recent European Research Council Advanced Investigator.

I edited and co-authored the best-selling 30 Second Brain (Ivy Press, 2014), was consultant for Eye Benders (Ivy Press, 2013; winner of the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2014) and I contribute to a variety of media including the New Scientist, The Guardian, and the BBC. I write the blog NeuroBanter - but not as frequently as I should. My new book - Being You: A New Science of Consciousness - will hit the shelves on September 02, 2021. Pre-order it here:


For  overviews, see my TED talk (>11.5 million views) or listen to my conversation with Sam Harris on his Making Sense podcast (Jan 2018). There's also my interview on BBC's The Life Scientific, with Jim Al-Khalili (2015), and my introductory essay on consciousness on Aeon.co - The Real Problem - a 2016 Editor's Pick. I also feature in the Vice/Motherboard feature documentary The Most Unknown, currently streaming on Netflix. I recently featured on the TED Interview, in conversation with Chris Anderson, and with Russell Brand on Under the Skin.


My research has been supported by the ERC, the Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, the EPSRC (Leadership Fellowship), the Wellcome Trust, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).

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