UCL  IRIS
Institutional Research Information Service
UCL Logo
Please report any queries concerning the funding data grouped in the sections named "Externally Awarded" or "Internally Disbursed" (shown on the profile page) to your Research Finance Administrator. Your can find your Research Finance Administrator at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/finance/research/post_award/post_award_contacts.php by entering your department
Please report any queries concerning the student data shown on the profile page to:

Email: portico-services@ucl.ac.uk

Help Desk: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ras/portico/helpdesk
 More search options
Prof Chris Frith
12 Queen Square
London
London
WC1N 3BG
Tel: 020 7833 7457
Fax: 020 7813 1445
Appointment
  • Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychology
  • Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Research Groups
Research Themes
Research Summary

Although I have retired from  my position at the Wellcome Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL in 2007, I continue exploring the new scientific discipline (neural hermeneutics), concerned with the neural basis of social interaction. In particular I am trying to delineate the mechanisms underlying the human ability to share representations of the world. It is this ability that makes communication possible. I think that there are two major processes involved. The first is an automatic form of priming (sometimes referred to as contagion or empathy), whereby our representations of the world become aligned with those of the person with whom we are interacting. The second is a form of forward modelling, analogous to that used in the control of our own actions. Such generative models enable us to predict the actions of others and use prediction errors to correct and refine our representations of the mental states of the person we are interacting with. These ideas are also relevant for our understanding of psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. One characteristic of the mistaken perceptions (hallucinations) and beliefs (delusions) associated with this disorder is their resistance to change in spite of their incompatibility with the beliefs and perceptions of others. This indicates a failure in the mechanism by which we align our representations of the world with those of others. Delineating the normal mechanisms of alignment will help us to identify the neural basis of hallucinations and delusions.

Academic Background
1969 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Psychology University of London
1965 Dip. Psych Diploma in Psychology – Psychology University of London
1963 MA Master of Arts – Natural Sciences University of Cambridge
Please report any queries concerning the data shown on this page to https://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/helpdesk/helpdesk_web_form.php
University College London - Gower Street - London - WC1E 6BT Tel:+44 (0)20 7679 2000

© UCL 1999–2011

Search by