Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science

Mr Filippo Torresan

Post:Research student (Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science)
Other posts:Doctoral Tutor (Informatics)
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I am currently a PhD student in the School of Engineering and Informatics – working towards a PhD in (the philosophy of) Cognitive Science – and I am affiliated with the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at the University of Sussex. I am in the first cohort of PhD students doing research and being funded as part of the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme 'From Sensation and Perception to Awareness', that is a new doctoral programme at the University of Sussex funded by the Leverhulme Trust (more information here).

I am a philosopher by training, but in recent years I have also tried to lay the foundations for doing interdisciplinary work in the mind and brain sciences. Specifically, I have been focussing on computational methods for the study of cognition. Also, before coming to Sussex, I earned a MSc in Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition from the University of Edinburgh.

My current project is supervised by Ron Chrisley and Anil Seth and investigates some of the implications of the predictive brain framework for certain aspects of conscious experience. Among the questions driving my research you can find: What are the constraints that predictive processing (PP) imposes on how mental representations turn into conscious experience? How can conscious thought be characterized in terms of PP? Is there a sense of agency for thought and can it be computationally accounted for in the PP framework?


- Teaching Assistant for the module Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive Science in the academic year 2018/2019 (only marking duties)