The human mind in prediction: conceptual, experimental and practical implications of the theory that the brain is a hypothesis-tester

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Project Description

A new, grand theory of the mind is taking hold in theoretical neuroscience: the brain is fundamentally a
hypothesis-tester. This project aims to explore the impact of the theory for philosophy, cognitive science and
mental health. The approach is a novel mix of conceptual analysis and experimental study incorporating
philosophy and cognitive neuroscience. The specific outcomes will be integrated conceptual analyses and
empirical experiments relevant to consciousness, self-awareness and sensory perception, with concrete
applications to schizophrenia, depression, and extending to body image and eating disorders. The result will
be a systematic account of the profound implications of this new theory for our understanding of the human
Effective start/end date30/06/1131/05/17


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$506,552.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$194,092.00