#20 - Prof Karl Friston: Theories Of Consciousness And Hierarchical Deep Self-Models Of Brain And Mind

Karl Friston is a British theoretical neuroscientist at University College London and an authority on brain imaging.
Professor Karl Friston is a British theoretical neuroscientist at University College London and an authority on brain imaging. Friston has been awarded with countless different prizes and accomplishments, and is considered one of the most influential neuroscientists of the modern era. He invented statistical parametric mapping (SPM), voxel-based morphometry (VBM) and dynamic causal modelling (DCM). Friston currently works on models of functional integration in the human brain and the principles that underlie neuronal interactions. His main contribution to theoretical neurobiology is a free-energy principle for action and perception (active inference). 

In this conversation:
  • Functional segregation, integration, and connectivity
  • The brain's generative model
  • The brain's predictive model, prediction error and how to correct prediction error
  • Free energy principle and active inference
  • Psychopathology (false inference)
  • How psychedelics alter the hierarchical architecture of the brain
  • Serotonin, interoception, and 5HT2a agonism
  • Brain-mind theories
  • Self-awareness in understanding mind
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