Skip Navigation

2019 Guest Speaker

Giulio Tononi
Giulio Tononi
David P. White Chair in Sleep Medicine & Distinguished Chair in Consciousness Science, University of Wisconsin

Free presentation intended for a general audience.  Reception to follow.

2019 Lecture

Mind Brain Lecture

What is Consciousness?

April 1, 2019, 4:00 pm,
Staller Center Main Stage

Scientists have long wondered what consciousness is and where it lives in the brain. Are newborns, animals and intelligent computers conscious? Does consciousness fade when patients become unresponsive after brain damage, during general anesthesia or even in deep sleep?

Dr. Giulio Tononi will share how integrated information theory (IIT) attempts to answer these questions.  IIT starts not from the brain but from consciousness itself — the world of experience — and derives from it what it takes for a system to be conscious. He will also discuss how IIT has stirred the development of promising tests to evaluate consciousness in non-communicative subjects.



Login to Edit