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What are the origins and mechanisms of consciousness?

Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness

Overview

The quality of our consciousness is what sets us apart from other species, and seems to be one of the defining traits of being human. Yet the nature of consciousness remains a mystery. The Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness program grapples with the fundamental underpinnings of consciousness, and relates the findings to biology on the one hand and to philosophical questions on the other.

Technological advances in medical imaging make it possible to see the brain in action. The new technology for the first time gives an opportunity to scholars from fields as different as genetics, cognitive neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and philosophy of mind to come together and work to understand consciousness. By creating the opportunity for deep collaborations, the CIFAR program will allow fellows to solve one of the most profound questions about human nature.

The Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness program is developing a framework to help fellows from across disciplines understand how our brains give rise to consciousness and our unique perspective on the world around us.

Founded in: 2014


Members: 20


Supporters:
Azrieli Foundation, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, The Henry White Kinnear Foundation, Richard M. Ivey, Michael and Sonja Koerner, The Lawrence and Judith Tanenbaum Family Foundation


Partners:
Brain Canada Foundation through the Canada Brain Research Fund, Western University


Disciplines:
Neuroscience, including cognitive neuroscience; biological and cognitive psychology; computer science, including artificial intelligence; genetics; anthropology; philosophy, including ethics; law


Next Program Meeting: June 2019


CIFAR Director:
Kate Geddie

Fellows & Advisors

Program Directors

Melvyn Goodale
Melvyn Goodale
Ivey Fellow

Melvyn Goodale’s research explores how humans process visual information and use it to interact with their environment.

Adrian Owen
Adrian Owen
Koerner Fellow

Adrian Owen is best known for his work assessing consciousness of patients in vegetative states, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) technology to observe their brain activity.

Fellows

Tim Bayne

Tim Bayne

  • Fellow
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Monash University
  • Australia
Axel Cleeremans

Axel Cleeremans

  • Fellow
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Belgium
Bio Outline

Stanislas Dehaene

  • Fellow
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Collège de France
  • France
Melvyn Goodale

Melvyn Goodale

  • Ivey Fellow
    Program Co-Director,
    Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Western University
  • Canada
Atsushi lriki

Atsushi Iriki

  • Fellow
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • RIKEN Brain Science Institute
  • Japan
Sheena Josselyn

Sheena A. Josselyn

  • Fellow
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Hospital for Sick Children
  • Canada
Robert Kentridge

Robert Kentridge

  • Fellow
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • University of Durham
  • United Kingdom
Bio Outline

Sid Kouider

  • Fellow
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • École normale supérieure
  • France
Rafael Malach

Rafael Malach

  • Tanenbaum Fellow
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Israel
Marcello Massimini

Marcello Massimini

  • Fellow
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • University of Milan
  • Italy
BMC_JasonMattingley

Jason B. Mattingley

  • Fellow
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • University of Queensland
  • Australia
BMC_AniruddhPatel

Aniruddh Patel

  • Fellow
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Tufts University
  • United States
BMC_IsabellePeretz

Isabelle Peretz

  • Associate Fellow
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Université de Montréal
  • Canada
BMC_LisaSaksida

Lisa M. Saksida

  • Fellow
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Western University
  • Canada
BMC_AnilSeth

Anil K. Seth

  • Fellow
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • University of Sussex
  • United Kingdom
BMC_CatherineTallonBaudry

Catherine Tallon-Baudry

  • Fellow
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • École normale supérieure
  • France
BMC_LaurelTrainor

Laurel Trainor

  • Fellow
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • McMaster University
  • Canada
BMC_NicholasTurk-Browne

Nicholas Turk-Browne

  • Fellow
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Yale University
  • United States
Sandra Waxman

Sandra Waxman

  • Associate Fellow
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Northwestern University
  • United States
BMC_RobertZatorre

Robert Zatorre

  • Fellow
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • McGill University
  • Canada

Advisors

Bio Outline

Daniel Dennett

  • Advisor
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Tufts University
  • United States
Nancy Kanwisher

Nancy Kanwisher

  • Advisor
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • United States
BMC_DavidMenon

David K. Menon

  • Advisor
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Cambridge University
  • United Kingdom
Bio Outline

David Sherry

  • Advisor
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Western University
  • Canada
Janet Werker

Janet Werker

  • Advisory Committee Chair
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars

BMC_CraigChapman

Craig Chapman

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • University of Alberta
  • Canada
BMC_AlonaFyshe

Alona Fyshe

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • University of Alberta
  • Canada
BMC_KatherineMcAuliffe

Katherine McAuliffe

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Boston College
  • United States
Lucina Q. Uddin

Lucina Q. Uddin

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2018
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • University of Miami
  • United States
Yaniv Ziv

Yaniv Ziv

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2018
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Israel

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