Professor Chris Frith
The relationship between the mind and the brain; studies of perception, belief, will and consciousness in sickness and health with a special emphasis on interacting minds
Since completing his PhD in 1969 Chris Frith was funded by the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust to study the relationship between the mind and the brain. He is a pioneer in the application of brain imaging to the study of mental processes. He has contributed more than 500 papers to scientific journals and is known especially for his work on agency, social cognition, and understanding the minds of people with mental disorders such as schizophrenia. For this work, he has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (1999), a Fellow of the Royal Society (2000) and a Fellow of the British Academy (2008). He chairs the APEX awards panel, through which the three academies (Royal Society, British Academy, Royal Society of Engineering) encourage multidisciplinary research.
He has published several books, including The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Schizophrenia (Psychology Press, 1992, classic edition 2015), which received the 1996 Book Award from the British Psychological Society and Making up the Mind: How the Brain Creates our Mental World (Wiley-Blackwell 2007), which was long-listed for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books, 2008 and received the 2008 Book Award from the British Psychological Society. In 2009 he was awarded the Strömgren medal for work on Schizophrenia, the European Latsis Prize (jointly with Uta Frith) for work on ‘Human mind, Human brain’ and the International Prize from the Fyssen Foundation for work on Neuropsychology. In 2014 he was awarded the Jean Nicod Prize (jointly with Uta Frith) for philosophical oriented work in cognitive science. In 2017, he was listed among the top ten most influential neuroscientists of the modern era.
All Souls College, University of Oxford Fellow
Jun 2011 - Sep 2013
University of Aarhus, Denmark Niels Bohr Visiting Professor, Interacting Minds Group
Jan 2007 - Jan 2011
Functional Imaging Laboratory, Institute of Neurology Professor in Neuropsychology & Deputy Director
Jun 1994 - Jan 2007
Medical Research Council, Cyclotron Unit, Hammersmith Hospital Scientist
Jan 1992 - Jan 1994
Medical Research Council, Division of Psychiatry, Clinical Research Centre, Northwick Park Hospital Scientist
Jan 1975 - Jan 1992
Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Medical Federation (University of London) Research worker
Jan 1965 - Jan 1975
Make up your mind(s)!
A pair of cognitive scientists, married for half a century, explain why two argumentative heads can be better than one
Our illusory sense of agency has a deeply important social purpose
Chris Frith explores the concept of conscious control and why it matters to us.
Making up the mind: how the brain creates our mental world
by Chris Frith - Published in 2007
The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Schizophrenia
by Chris Frith - Published in 1992
Professor Susan Fiske
Social cognition, especially cognitive stereotypes & emotional prejudices, at cultural, interpersonal & neuroscientific levels; reactions to social comparison, status, social class, gender, ethnicity, immigrants
Professor Susan Gathercole
The cognitive mechanisms of memory and learning in typical children and adults, their impairments in developmental disorders of learning, and methods of remediation