Plenary 1, Tuesday April 3, 2018; 2:00 pm - 4:10 pm

(PL 1) Consciousness and Psychedelics

Robin Carhart Harris, Imperial College, London    

Jimo Borjigin, University of Michigan       

Anil K. Seth, University of Sussex 


Anil Seth, PhD

Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience

University of Sussex


Neurophenomenological investigations of simulated and natural psychedelia

Anil Seth, PhD


Anil Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex and Founding Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. He is Editor-in-Chief of Neuroscience of Consciousness (Oxford University Press) and was Conference Chair of the ASSC16 (Brighton, 2012). From 2016 he is also a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and is 2017 President of the British Science Association (Psychology Section). With his group, he conducts multidisciplinary research on the biological basis of conscious experience, drawing together brain science, psychology, philosophy, computer science and AI, physics and mathematics, and psychiatry and neurology.

Seth has published more than 120 academic papers in a variety of fields, and he holds degrees in Natural Sciences (MA, Cambridge, 1994), Knowledge-Based Systems (M.Sc., Sussex, 1996) and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (D.Phil., Sussex, 2000). He was also a Postdoctoral and then Associate Fellow at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, California (2001-2006). Anil is Editor and Co-Author of 30 Second Brain (Ivy Press, 2014), was Consultant for Eye Benders (Ivy Press, 2013; winner of the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2014) and Brain Twister (Ivy Press, 2015). He contributes regularly to many media including the New Scientist, The Guardian, and the BBC, and he gives regular high profile public lectures on consciousness science.