Liad Mudrik lab

Our Lab

Our Research

The lab investigates high-level cognition, both at the behavioral and neural level. More specifically, we are interested in the following questions:

1. What is consciousness, how does it come about, and what are its functions? The latter entails two additional questions; first, how deep does unconscious processing run and how it differs from conscious processing. Second, how is consciousness involved not only in information processing, but also in voluntary action.

2. How does cognition affect perception? We are interested in the way our expectations and semantic knowledge affect perceptual processing and our interpretation of the world.

Comparing theories of consciousness

High-level processing in the absence of awareness

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Finding new and more ecological ways to study the functions of consciousness

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Consciousness role in voluntary action (and free will debate)

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The effects of cognition on perception

Recent Public​ations

Theories of consciousness and a life worth living

Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 

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Experiencing without knowing? Empirical evidence for phenomenal consciousness without access


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Consciousness in Artificial Intelligence:
Insights from the Science of Consciousness

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Scientific American

New research findings, combined with philosophy, suggest free will is real but may not operate in the ways people expect


If AI becomes conscious, how will we know?
Scientists and philosophers are proposing a checklist based on theories of human consciousness


'Adversarial' search for neural basis of consciousness yields first results

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