Professor Chris Frith FBA

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

Elected 2008

Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year elected

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.

Professor Chris Frith shares a website with his wife Professor Uta Frith, called Frithmind, where he has started an autobiography

Current post

Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychology, The Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, University College London; Honorary Research Fellow, Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Past appointments

All Souls College, University of Oxford Fellow

2011 - 2013

University of Aarhus, Denmark Niels Bohr Visiting Professor, Interacting Minds Group

2007 - 2011

Functional Imaging Laboratory, Institute of Neurology Professor in Neuropsychology & Deputy Director

1994 - 2007

Medical Research Council, Cyclotron Unit, Hammersmith Hospital Scientist

1992 - 1994

Medical Research Council, Division of Psychiatry, Clinical Research Centre, Northwick Park Hospital Scientist

1975 - 1992

Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Medical Federation (University of London) Research worker

1965 - 1975

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