Public Lecture: Prof. Lucia Melloni – An adversarial collaboration to critically evaluate theories of consciousness

Event Start Date:
1. September 2024
Event End Date:
1. September 2024
Event Venue:
Auditorium 1, Sverdrups hus (the main library), Blindern Campus, University of Oslo


In Septemer, 2024 (date to be decided)

Prof. Lucia Melloni, PhD, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt

will give a lecture in our forum:

An adversarial collaboration to critically evaluate theories of consciousness

Time: September, 2024 (date and time to be decided)

Venue: Auditorium 1, Sverdrups hus (the main library), Blindern Campus, University of Oslo

Dr. Lucia Melloni is a leader of the ongoing, large-scale, international adversarial collaboration to critically evaluate leading theories of consciousness, involving 11 partners, funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation.

The first experimental results were announced in June 2013 at the 26th meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC) in New York City.

Dr. Melloni has been investigating the neural underpinnings of perception (vision), how and why we experience (consciousness) and how those experiences get imprinted in our brain (learning and memory). She has used multiple methods, ranging from invasive and non-invasive electrophysiological and neuroimaging, behavioral techniques, and online surveys. The most recent one focus is on laminar electrophysiology in humans. Finally, she is committed to team-science and open science practices and she is leading a large-scale adversarial collaboration, involving 11 international collaborators to learn more about the footprints of consciousness.


Some articles by Lucia Melloni

Melloni L, Mudrik L, Pitts M, Bentz K, Ferrante O, Gorska U, Hirschhorn R, Khalaf A, Kozma C, Lepauvre A, Ling L, Mazumder D, Richter D, Zhou H, Blumenfeld H, Boly M, Chalmers D, Devore S, Fallon F, de Lange FP, Jensen O, Kreiman G, Luo H, Panagiotaropoulos TI, Dehaene S, Koch C, Tononi G. (2023). An adversarial collaboration protocol for testing contrasting predictions of global neuronal workspace and integrated information theory. PLoS ONE

Alasfour A, Gabriel P, Jiang X, Shamie I, Melloni L, Thesen T, Dugan P, Friedman D, Doyle W, Devinsky O, Gonda D, Sattar S, Wang S, Halgren E, Gilja V (2022). Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Human High Gamma Discriminate Naturalistic Behavioral States. PLOS COMPUT. BIOL. 18(8): e1010401.

Xu C, Gao J, Gao J, He F, Yu J, Ling Y, Li H, Li J, Melloni L, Luo B, Ding N (2022). Statistical learning in patients in the minimally conscious state. CEREB. CORTEX. bhac222, medRxiv 2022.01.04.22268656; doi:

Yaron I, Melloni L, Pitts M, Mudrik L (2022). The Consciousness Theories Studies (ConTraSt) database: analyzing and comparing empirical studies of consciousness theories. NAT. HUM. BEHAV. Feb 21. doi: 10.1038/s41562-021-01284-5. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35190711.

Pu Y, Kong X, Ranganath C, Melloni L (2022). Event boundaries shape temporal organization of memory by resetting temporal context. NAT COMMUN Feb 2;13(1):622. doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-28216-9. PMID: 35110527; PMCID: PMC8810807.

Lepauvre A & Melloni L (2021). The search for the Neuronal Correlates of Consciousness: Progress and Challenges. PHIMISCI, 2.

Vilas M, Auksztulewicz R, Melloni L (2021). Active Inference as a Computational Framework for Consciousness. REV.PHIL.PSYCH.

Melloni L, Mudrik L, Pitts M, Koch C (2021). Making the hard problem of consciousness easier. SCIENCE, 372 (6545), 911-912, doi: 10.1126/science.abj3259