GV Art and Mind Symposium 10: Chris Frith

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Neural hermeneutics        8 May 2012

Professor Chris Frith


Christopher Frith is professor emeritus at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London and a Niels Bohr Visiting Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark. His primary interest is in the applications of functional brain imaging to the study of higher cognitive functions in humans, although he is also well known for his earlier seminal work characterising the cognitive basis of schizophrenia.

Chris writes:

Even when we are talking face-to-face, we cannot get inside each other’s minds to check whether our interpretation of what was just said corresponds to what was intended. Given this insurmountable problem, how is communication possible? Neural Hermeneutics is about the mechanisms, instantiated in the brain, through which people are able to understand one another.

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