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 (with Prof. Hugo Critchley) of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. I am also a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, 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 I sit on the steering group and advisory board of the Human Mind Project. Since 2014 I've been a member 'at large' for the ASSC. I was the 2017 President of the British Science Association (Psychology Section).


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.

 

For  overviews, see my TED talk (recorded in Vancouver in 2017) 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, now streaming on Netflix. Most recently, I featured on the TED Interview, in conversation with Chris Anderson.

 

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

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