Columbia University in the City of New York

Mar 28, 20234:00 pm

Columbia Neuroscience Seminar - Liad Mudrik

Studying consciousness and free will: a neurophilosophical approach

March 28th, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Jerome L. Greene Science Center (9th floor lecture hall)


Liad Mudrik, PHD
School of Psychological Sciences & Sagol School of Neuroscience
Tel Aviv University

Studying consciousness and free will: a neurophilosophical approach

For centuries, questions about the nature of consciousness or the existence of free will were considered outside the realm of scientific investigation. Yet in recent decades, studies in neuroscience and cognitive science have taken a stab at these questions, giving rise to new empirical findings and novel theories. In this talk, I will describe three attempts to translate these long-lasting philosophical questions into empirically testable ones, regarding the role of consciousness in voluntary action, the relations between conscious experience and neural activity, and the possible dissociation between phenomenal consciousness and access consciousness. I will further highlight some of the challenges entailed in such works, and suggest that our understanding of these highly complex and intricate phenomena can substantially benefit from a multidisciplinary dialogue, tying together experimentalists and philosophers.

Host Information: Amir Tal ([email protected])


The Columbia Neuroscience Seminar series is a collaborative effort of Columbia's Zuckerman Institute, the Department of Neuroscience, the Doctoral Program in Neurobiology and Behavior and the Columbia Translational Neuroscience Initiative, and with support from the Kavli Institute for Brain Science.

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