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Studying, Measuring and Altering Consciousness through information theory in the electrical brain

Studying, Measuring and Altering Consciousness through information theory in the electrical brain

Objectif

What is consciousness? Can it be measured? While humankind has struggled with these questions for millennia, our project will focus on more modest but nonetheless ambitious and related goals. Inspired by recent developments in neuroscience and the potential role of fundamental concepts such as information integration and algorithmic complexity, we will study, model, quantify, and alter observable aspects of consciousness. Our vision is that consciousness will someday be electromagnetically measured and altered, and that the associated needed insights will prove crucial to the development cognitive sciences.
The conceptual framework of the project rests on information theoretic developments that link consciousness to the amount of information that a physical system can represent and generate as an integrated whole, and from the related idea that consciousness can be quantified by metrics reflecting information processing and representation complexity.
Supported by computational neuroscience models, we aim to create non-invasive consciousness-probing technologies integrating electro- and magneto-encephalography, peripheral and non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) with advanced techniques to analyse brain activity – including functional and effective connectivity. Based on the derived brain activity metrics, we will explore intervention, ie the use of NIBS to alter consciousness. To achieve these goals we will pursue computational neuroscience models and human studies – in perception, sleep, anaesthesia, locked-in syndrome, disorders of consciousness, and in utero – supported by machine learning to disentangle the essential aspects of consciousness.
The project will also explore the ethical implications of such technologies and the prospects for clinical translation. If successful, this paradigm-shifting work will have profound social and clinical impact and provide key insights in fundamental neuroscience and artificial cognition research.
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Coordinateur

STARLAB BARCELONA SL

Adresse

Avenida Tibidabo 47 Bis
08035 Barcelona

Espagne

Type d’activité

Other

Contribution de l’UE

€ 612 625

Participants (7)

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Tout développer

FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT FUR ARBEITSPHYSIOLOGIE UND ARBEITSSCHUTZ E.V.

Allemagne

Contribution de l’UE

€ 567 162,50

UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE

Belgique

Contribution de l’UE

€ 544 680

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

Italie

Contribution de l’UE

€ 322 080

EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN

Allemagne

Contribution de l’UE

€ 475 375

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE

France

Contribution de l’UE

€ 364 250

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Royaume-Uni

Contribution de l’UE

€ 600 776

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM MUENCHEN DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER GESUNDHEIT UND UMWELT GMBH

Allemagne

Contribution de l’UE

€ 438 640

Informations projet

N° de convention de subvention: 686764

État

Projet en cours

  • Date de début

    1 Mars 2016

  • Date de fin

    29 Février 2020

Financé au titre de:

H2020-EU.1.2.1.

  • Budget total:

    € 3 925 588,75

  • Contribution de l’UE

    € 3 925 588,50

Coordonné par:

STARLAB BARCELONA SL

Espagne