My research in neuroscience addresses problems relating to consciousness. I investigate how our perceptual systems structure the continuous sensory input our brain receives into an experience of separate perceptual objects. I focus particularly on the neocortex and attempt to elucidate the computational and mechanistic basis for this ability in this brain structure, through a combination of experimental and computational work.
Alongside this work I have also developed a theory that addresses the ‘hard’ problem of consciousness, why it should be like something to be a physical system such as ourselves at all? Since we are made of causal physical mechanisms, why should being this system go along with some internal experiential character? The answer to this question that I propose leads to certain novel intuitions about the nature of consciousness itself.