How do conscious experience, subjectivity and 'free will' arise from their biological substrates?
Even in the late 20th century, consciousness was considered by many to be outside the reach or remit of science. Now, powerful new combinations of functional brain imaging, theoretical and computational modelling, and basic neurobiology bring real hope that human ingenuity can resolve this central mystery of life. Practically, an enhanced understanding of consciousness will transform clinical approaches to a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders, from coma to insomnia, from depression and schizophrenia to autism and dementia.
Founded in 2010 with a generous donation from the Dr. Mortimer and Dame Theresa Sackler Foundation, the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science represents a new and multidisciplinary approach to clinical intervention and diagnosis, based on the science of the complex brain networks that give rise to consciousness.
In 2012 the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science hosted the 16th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC16), in the Brighton Dome and Corn Exchange, in the heart of the city. Listen to a selection of the ASSC16 Keynote lectures.
The Sackler Centre was recently featured in the University of Sussex 5 year strategic plan as the single 'case study' for research excellence and is one of the many active research centres within the Sussex Neuroscience community.
**Current research and postgraduate opportunities at the Sackler Centre:**
A 3 year full time postdoctoral research position is now available at the Centre, focusing on the cognitive neuroscience of time perception and working with Anil Seth. More details here. Closing date January 30th 2015.
Opportunities for postgraduate study, including funded projects, are listed here. These include detailed of the brand new Sackler Centre dedicated Ph.D. programme, which will fund two prestigious 3 year studentships for 2015 entry. Closing date February 23rd 2015.
Training Grapheme-Colour Synaesthesia
How the Brain Talks to Itself:Granger Causality
emotion, and embodiment
Predictive Processing and Sensorimotor Contingencies
The Neural Basis of Contagious Itch
Measures of Consciousness