When we are awake, part of the information processed by our brain becomes conscious: we can acknowledge it for ourselves, we can report it to others, we can flexibly manipulate it. Despite important advances, there is no consensus on what brain mechanisms underlie this phenomenon. In this team we propose several experimental and theoretical projects that are aiming at a better understanding of these mechanisms. Specifically, our approach is to try and disentangle the core mechanisms of conscious access from the other processes that correlate with it, such as sensory processing on the one hand, and executive processes and decision making on the other hand.
Our projects include experimental psychology, neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG, EEG, human intracranial recordings), computational modeling and studies with patients with disorders of consciousness (EEG).