The Cognition & Philosophy Lab is an interdisciplinary research lab located in the Department of Philosophy at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Using philosophical and experimental techniques, the Lab explores the nature of consciousness, the self, brain and body. Our interdisciplinary approach blends the boundaries between philosophy and other disciplines such as neuroscience, psychiatry, biology, and physics and engineering.
The Lab studies: the science of consciousness (what is consciousness, how does it arise in the brain, what is the nature of the self?); theoretical neurobiology (what are the foundational principles of brain function, what does that tell us about the human mind?); decision-making and rationality (what is rationality and how do we form rational decisions?); psychiatry and neurology (understanding conditions such as autism, substance abuse, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, Parkinson’s disease).
The lab is closely connected to the new Monash Centre for Consciousness & Contemplative Studies. M3CS is a university-based research centre and educational hub whose mission is to make contemplative practices central to our conscious connection with each other and our environment, helping us better solve the many challenges the world confronts.
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