Creating consciousness: Our brain’s top-down, bottom-up framework for making sense of the world around & within us


In this show I speak with Dr Anil Seth, Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex in the UK. He is also Co-Director at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. We talk about how the brain tries to make sense of the world outside, but also integrates information coming from inside the body to help us perceive the world and our place in relation to it. We talk about the origin of emotions, mindfulness, mental illness and possible applications for the framework he proposes.

Here is the link to the paper we talk about in this week’s show – the full paper is available here:

Here are the Highlights for some context:

A new view of emotion as active inference on the causes of interoceptive signals.

Extension of appraisal emotion theories to a contemporary inferential framework.

A unified predictive model of emotion and experience of body ownership.

Interpretation of neuropsychiatric conditions as disordered interoceptive inference.

How predictive integration of interoceptive and exteroceptive signals affects self.

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