Anil Seth

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Anil K. Seth
Anil Seth portait.jpg
Born (1972-06-11) 11 June 1972 (age 49)
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge (MA)
University of Sussex (PhD)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Sussex
ThesisOn the relations between behaviour, mechanism, and environment : explorations in artificial evolution (2000)
Doctoral advisorsPhil Husbands
Hilary Buxton

Anil Kumar Seth (born 11 June 1972) is a British professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex. He has degrees in Natural Sciences (BA/MA, Cambridge, 1994), Knowledge-Based Systems (M.Sc., Sussex, 1996) and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (D.Phil./Ph.D., Sussex, 2001).

Early life and education[edit]

Seth was born in England. His father, Bhola Seth, obtained a BSc from Allahabad University in 1945, before migrating from India to the United Kingdom to study engineering at Cardiff. Bhola Seth subsequently obtained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Sheffield. His mother, Ann Delaney, came from Yorkshire. Seth's family was based in rural Oxfordshire. His father was a research scientist at the Esso Research Centre in Abingdon, and won the veterans world doubles title in badminton in 1976.[1]

Seth went to school at King Alfred's Academy in Wantage. He has degrees in Natural Sciences (BA/MA, Cambridge, 1994), Knowledge-Based Systems (M.Sc., Sussex, 1996) and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (D.Phil./Ph.D., Sussex, 2001). He was a Postdoctoral and Associate Fellow at The Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, California (2001-2006).


Seth is Co-Director (with Prof. Hugo Critchley) of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science[2] and Editor-in-Chief of Neuroscience of Consciousness.[3] He was Conference Chair of the 16th Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness and continuing member 'at large'[4] and is on the steering group and advisory board of the Human Mind Project.[5] He was president of the Psychology Section of the British Science Association in 2017.[6][7]


Seth has published over 100 scientific papers and book chapters, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Neuroscience of Consciousness.[3] He is a regular contributor to the New Scientist, The Guardian,[8] and BBC,[9] and writes the blog NeuroBanter.[10] He also consulted for the popular science book, Eye Benders, which won the 2014 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize.[11] An introductory essay on consciousness has been published on AeonThe Real Problem – a 2016 Editor’s Pick. Seth was included in the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers List that was published by Clarivate Analytics.[12]


  • Brain Twisters (Ivy Press, 2015)[13] - Consultant
  • 30 Second Brain (Ivy Press, 2014)[14] - Editor and Co-Author
  • Eye Benders (Ivy Press, 2013)[15] - Consultant
  • Modelling Natural Action Selection (Cambridge University Press, 2011)[16] - Editor and Co-Author
  • Being You: A New Science of Consciousness (Faber & Faber, 2021)[17] - Author

See also[edit]

  • User illusion, an understanding of consciousness similar to Seth's


  1. ^ Anil Seth, "Bhola Seth Obituary", The Guardian, 3 July 2013. Accessed 21 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Anil Seth at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science". University of Sussex. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Editorial Board". Neuroscience of Consciousness. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Association of Scientific Studies of Consciousness". Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Advisory Board". Human Mind Project. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Psychology Section". British Science Association. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Who we are". BSA Psychology. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Anil Seth". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Anil Seth on consciousness, The Life Scientific". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  10. ^ "About". NeuroBanter. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  11. ^ GrrlScientist (17 November 2014). "Royal Society Young People's Book Prize winner announced". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  12. ^ Vowles, Neil. "University celebrates record year for professors in global highly cited researchers list". The University of Sussex. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  13. ^ Clive., Gifford (2015). Brain Twisters : the science of feeling and thinking. Seth, Anil. Lewes: Ivy. ISBN 9781782402046. OCLC 899705249.
  14. ^ 30-second brain : the 50 most mind-blowing ideas in neuroscience, each explained in half a minute. Seth, Anil., Bekinschtein, Tristan. New York: Metro Books. 2014. ISBN 9781435147843. OCLC 875565756.CS1 maint: others (link)
  15. ^ Clive., Gifford (2013). Eye benders. Seth, Anil, 1976-. Lewes: Ivy. ISBN 9781782400844. OCLC 861317419.
  16. ^ Seth., Anil (2011). Modelling natural action selection. Prescott J, Tony.,Bryson J, Joanna. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107000490. OCLC 934350929.
  17. ^ "Being You – Anil Seth". Retrieved 5 September 2021.

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