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Anil K. Seth Cognitive Neuroscientist

Anil Seth’s research draws together psychology, philosophy, computer science and AI, physics and mathematics, and psychiatry and neurology to determine the biological basis of conscious experience. His research is guided by the idea that consciousness science is best pursued by attempting to account for properties of subjective experience in terms of neural mechanisms and the idea that basic experiences of conscious selfhood depend on close connections between brains and bodies.  Seth’s lab develops and tests novel mathematical measures of information flow and neuronal complexity that serve as quantitative markers of conscious level and investigates how conscious perception depends on neural mechanisms underlying ‘predictive processing’ in the Bayesian brain. His lab also explores how prediction of bodily signals underlies basic experiences of selfhood using novel combinations of virtual reality and psychophysiology. These insights are translated into new approaches to understanding disturbances of conscious experience in psychiatric disorders, from first-episode psychosis to Tourette syndrome.

Awards

President, British Science Association (Psychology Section), 2017.

Editor-in-Chief, Neuroscience of Consciousness, Oxford University Press, 2014 - Present.

Engagement Fellow, Wellcome Trust, 2016 - Present.

Steering Group member, Human Mind Project, 2015 - Present.

Relevant Publications

Seth, A.K. (2013). Interoceptive inference, emotion, and the embodied self. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 17(11):656-663

Seth, A.K. and Friston, K.J. (2016). Active interoceptive inference and the emotional brain. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

Seth, A.K., Barrett, A.B., and Barnett, L.C. (2015). Granger causality analysis in neuroscience and neuroimaging. Journal of Neuroscience 35(8):3293-3297

Bor, D., Rothen, N., Schwartzman, D., Clayton, S., and Seth, A.K. (2014). Adults can be trained to acquire synaesthetic experiences. Scientific Reports 4:7089

Seth, A.K. (2014). A predictive processing theory of sensorimotor contingencies: Explaining the puzzle of perceptual presence and its absence in synaesthesia. Cognitive Neuroscience (target article) 5(2):97-118

Books

30 Second Brain, Icon Books, 2014

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Appointment

Senior Fellow Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness

Institution

University of SussexDepartment of Informatics

Education

DPhil (Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence) University of Sussex

MSc (Knowledge-Based Systems) University of Sussex

Country

United Kingdom

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