Studying the neurocognitive processes behind the flow of consciousness

To create a continuous conscious percept, our brain is concurrently carrying out multiple tasks: sampling sensory information, predicting upcoming events, storing long-term memories, maintaining and reactivating information from the past, etc.  But how does the brain bind together these conscious and unconscious neural processes to give rise to a unified, but dynamical, subjective experience? To address this question, our work explores the neural computational principles behind the spatial and temporal integration of mechanisms across the cortical hierarchy. Using a variety of neuroimaging methods, we study brain responses to natural stimuli, and how these vary through diverse conscious states.