Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science


Reny Baykova (PhD student)

Reny BaykovaReny joined the Sackler Centre as a funded PhD student from the 4-Year Sussex Neuroscience PhD programme. Reny is using behavioural, neuroimaging, and computational methods to investigate how we build predictions in perception, and how mismatch negativity relates to perception within the framework of predictive coding. She has a background in psychology and previously completed an MSc in Research Methods in Psychological Science with Distinction at the University of Glasgow.

Vanessa Botan (PhD student)

Vanessa BotanVanessa completed a BSc in Biomedical Sciences (University of Brighton) and an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience (University of Sussex). She has a background in clinical research and a vivid interest in mind-body interactions. She is now studying vicarious pain processes under the direction of Prof. Jamie Ward and Prof.Hugo Critchley. She aims to further explore bodily self-consciousness and self-other representations in vicarious pain perceivers.

Guillaume Corlouer (PhD student)

Guillaume CorlouerGuillaume completed a BSc in fundamental physics and an MSc in pure mathematics and theoretical physics (University of Paris Saclay) working in algebraic geometry and representation theory.

He his now applying mathematics, in particular time series analysis, Granger causality and information-theoretic methods under the supervision of Dr. Lionel Barnett and Prof. Anil Seth to understand the flow of information in brain circuits correlated to various perceptions and quantify its complexity.

Philipp Kaniuth (PhD student)

Philipp KaniuthPhilipp joined the Sackler Centre as a PhD student funded by the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme 'From Sensation and Perception to Awareness’. He has broad interests in philosophy of mind, cognitive neuroscience, and computer science. Using behavioural and neuroimaging methods, Philipp’s research deals with the sense of agency (SA), the subjective experience humans have when performing a voluntary action which has an effect on the environment.

In particular, he is interested in the following questions: How does the causal strength between action and effect influence SA when viewing causality from different philosophical angles? Which role does the consciousness-status of the intention play in the formation of SA? And how do brain signals relate to all this?

Philipp is supervised by Dr. Warrick Roseboom and Prof. Anil Seth.  He holds a BSc and MSc in Psychology (University of Bielefeld, Germany) with an emphasis on neurocognitive psychology. During that time, he was a research assistant in the Methods and Evaluation group and the Neurocognitive Psychology group at Bielefeld University, and a research intern in Dr. Roland Benoit's Adaptive Memory group at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences.

Alberto Mariola (PhD student)

Alberto MariolaAlberto completed a BSc in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Trento and an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain (“Mind and Brain” Master - Track: Brain). He’s currently pursuing a Ph.D as part of the 4-Year Sussex Neuroscience PhD Programme under the supervision of Prof. Anil Seth, Dr. Warrick Roseboom and Dr. Luc Berthouze. 

His project aims at investigating the neural and phenomenological consequences of conviction about reality (CR) manipulations. More specifically, he is using SR/VR technologies, EEG and eye-tracking to assess the influence that metacognitive beliefs about reality can exert in cases of perceptual uncertainty about the environment.

Bence Palfi (PhD student)

Bence PalfiBence completed his BA and MA in Psychology at the Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest, Hungary). During his studies, he was a member of the DecisonLab at the University and he was pursuing research in the field of human reasoning and thinking. Now, he is undertaking a PhD on the role of consciousness in control-related / goal-directed behaviours under the supervision of Prof. Zoltan Dienes and Prof. Anil Seth. He also has an interest in alternative statistical tools such as Bayes factor.

Lina Skora (PhD student)

Lina SkoraLina completed a BSc in Psychology (St Mary’s University) and an MSc in Social Cognition with Neuroscience (University College London). She has a background in cognitive psychology and emotion theory, with a particular interest in their integration.

At Sussex, Lina is researching the influence of interoceptive signals on unconscious and conscious learning of reward contingencies, under the supervision of Dr. Ryan Scott, Dr. Daniel Campbell-Meiklejohn and Prof. Anil Seth. Lina is also interested in Bayesian approaches to perception and cognition, adaptive behaviour, and brain-body interaction in emotion and self.

Alec Tschantz (PhD student)

Alec TschantzAlec completed a BSc in Psychology and Philosophy (University of Hull) and an MSc in Intelligent Systems (University of Sussex). During this time, he focused on modelling biological processes such as perception, action and learning.

Under the supervision of Prof. Anil Seth and Dr. Chris Buckley, Alec will now be looking at how humans actively extract information from their environment. In particular, he aims to ask whether saccacdic eye movements can be described by the active inference framework.