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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.

Appel à propositions

H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015

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H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015-RIA

Coordinateur

STARLAB BARCELONA SL
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 612 625,00
Adresse
Avenida Tibidabo 47 Bis
08035 Barcelona
Espagne

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Région
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Autres sources de financement
€ 0,00

Participants (7)

FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT FUR ARBEITSPHYSIOLOGIE UND ARBEITSSCHUTZ EV
Allemagne
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 567 162,50
Adresse
Ardeystrasse 67
44139 Dortmund

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Région
Nordrhein-Westfalen Arnsberg Dortmund, Kreisfreie Stadt
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Autres sources de financement
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgique
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 544 680,00
Adresse
Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege

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Région
Région wallonne Prov. Liège Arr. Liège
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Autres sources de financement
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Italie
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 322 080,00
Adresse
Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano

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Région
Nord-Ovest Lombardia Milano
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Autres sources de financement
€ 0,00
EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
Allemagne
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 475 375,00
Adresse
Geschwister-scholl-platz
72074 Tuebingen

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Région
Baden-Württemberg Tübingen Tübingen, Landkreis
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Autres sources de financement
€ 0,00
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE
France
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 364 250,00
Adresse
Rue De Tolbiac 101
75654 Paris

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Région
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Type d’activité
Research Organisations
Autres sources de financement
€ 0,00
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 600 776,00
Adresse
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford

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Région
South East (England) Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Oxfordshire
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Autres sources de financement
€ 0,25
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM MUENCHEN DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER GESUNDHEIT UND UMWELT GMBH
Allemagne
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 438 640,00
Adresse
Ingolstadter Landstrasse 1
85764 Neuherberg

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Région
Bayern Oberbayern München, Landkreis
Type d’activité
Research Organisations
Autres sources de financement
€ 0,00