We try to uncover the neuronal basis of consciousness, with a specific focus on:
1) The scope and limit of non-conscious processing;
2) The relationship between attention and consciousness;
3) The neuronal correlates of consciousness by analysing the multi-channel neuronal recording obtained in animals and humans; and
4) Testing a theory of consciousness, in particular, integrated information theory of consciousness.
A/Prof Naotsugu (Nao) Tsuchiya was awarded a PhD at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2006 and underwent postdoctoral training at Caltech until 2010. Receiving a PRESTO grant from Japan Science and Technology (JST) agency, A/Prof Tsuchiya returned to Japan in 2010. In January 2012, he joined the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University as an Associate Professor, and is an ARC Future Fellow.
Dr Thomas Andrillon has a long-lasting fascination for the human brain and how thoughts emerge from such a tiny piece of matter.
More particularly, Dr Andrillon focuses his research on understanding how modulations of sleep and vigilance constrain our brain's ability to produce sensations, decisions or actions. During his PhD, completed in 2016 at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, Dr Andrillon has shown that sleep is not an homogenous process and that the sleeping brain is far from being disconnected when we sleep. Rather, sleepers can flexibally process incoming stimuli, make decisions and even learn!
At Monash University, Dr Andrillon is extending this work to wakefulness and is examining how mind-wandering and day-dreaming affect our capacity to interact with our environment. Dr Andrillon's work is part of a broader inter-disciplinary focus on sleep, dreams, mind-wandering and consciousness including A/Prof Tsuchiya (Psychology), Prof Sean Drummond (Psychology), Dr Jennifer Windt (Arts) and Dr Bei Bei (Psychology).