Tracking the neural footprints of conscious awareness
10 May 2022 at 17:30:00
Our eyes are constantly bombarded with information. We see objects, explore landscapes, recognise people’s faces, and much more. Somewhere along this extremely fast process, we become aware of what we see. But to what extent do our brains process visual information before it reaches conscious awareness? Can unconsciously processed information affect our decisions and behaviour? In my presentation, I will describe how neuroscientists investigate conscious awareness and I will give you some highlights of current developments that may take us closer to understanding the function of consciousness.
Renzo Lanfranco is a postdoctoral researcher of cognitive neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, where he investigates the neural mechanisms of bodily awareness, or how we become aware of signals that come from within our bodies. He received a PhD in Psychology and Human Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, where he studied consciousness, emotion, and visual perception of faces. His research interests also span multisensory integration, altered states of consciousness, and the translation of cognitive neuroscience research into psychiatry. Before this, he received a master’s in neuroscience and a specialisation in clinical psychology.