Institut Jean Nicod - November 2014
Chris Frith is Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychology at the Wellcome Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London and Visiting Professor at the Interacting Minds Centre at Aarhus University. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. Since completing his PhD he was funded by the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust to study the relationship between the mind and the brain. He was a pioneer in the application of brain imaging to the study of mental processes and is known especially for his work on agency, social cognition, and understanding the minds of people with mental disorders such as schizophrenia. Currently he is particularly interested in contrasting personal and subpersonal modes of cognition and in applying a Bayesian approach to the study of the mind. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the British Academy, and past president of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. Chris Frith has received honorary degrees from Paris-Lodron University, Salzburg and from the University of York and is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. His book, Making up the Mind: How the Brain Creates our Mental World (Wiley-Blackwell 2007) has been translated into several languages, including French (Comment le cerveau crée notre univers mental, Odile Jacob, 2010).