About the Project
The objective of the PhD project is to characterise the concurrent neural and physiological events that accompany subjective experience in healthy individuals, and thereby begin to delineate the “what it is like” of consciousness. To this end, the student will develop cognitive paradigms to isolate specific forms of subjective experience, for example, the experience of comprehending a piece of speech or of feeling your heartbeat. The student will apply state-of-the-art methods of electrophysiology including event-related potentials, time-frequency analyses, and source reconstruction, alongside recordings of peripheral physiology including the electrocardiogram and respiratory rate to investigate the neural and physiological correlates of these experiences. Furthermore, the student will investigate their multimodal data in the context of existing and novel computational models of prediction error minimisation.
Raimondo, F., et al. (2017). Brain-heart interactions reveal consciousness in non-communicating patients. Annals of Neurology, 88(4), 578-591. https://doi.org/10.1002/ana.25045
Shirazibeheshti, A., et al. (2018). Placing meta-stable states of consciousness within the predictive coding hierarchy: The deceleration of the accelerated prediction error. Consciousness and Cognition, 63, 123-142. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2018.06.010
Wacongne, C., Changeux, J. P., & Dehaene, S. (2012). A Neuronal Model of Predictive Coding Accounting for the Mismatch Negativity. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(11), 3665-3678. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5003-11.2012
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