Chris Frith

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Chris Frith

Christopher Donald Frith

(1942-03-16) 16 March 1942 (age 77)
EducationThe Leys School
Alma mater
Spouse(s)Uta Frith
AwardsFyssen Foundation Prize
Jean Nicod Prize
European Latsis Prize
Scientific career
ThesisIndividual differences in pursuit rotor and tapping skills (1969)
Doctoral advisorHans Eysenck[citation needed]
Doctoral students

Christopher Donald Frith, FRS FBA (born 16 March 1942) is a psychologist and professor emeritus at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London,[3] Visiting Professor at the Interacting Minds Centre[4] at Aarhus University, Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy[5] and Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.


Chris Frith was born in 1942 in Cross in Hand, Sussex and educated at The Leys School in Cambridge, before reading Natural Sciences (Cambridge) at the University of Cambridge as an undergraduate student of Christ's College, Cambridge. After graduation, he completed a Diploma in Abnormal Psychology and PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry in 1969 under the supervision of Hans Eysenck.[6]


His primary research interest is in the applications of functional brain imaging to the study of social cognition, although he is also well known for his earlier seminal work characterising the cognitive basis of schizophrenia.

He has published over 500 papers[7] in peer reviewed journals and has an h-index of 210 as of GoogleScholar. He is the author of a number of important neuroscience books, including the classic The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Schizophrenia (1992/2015)[8] and the popular science book Making up the Mind (2007),[9] which was on the long list for the Royal Society Prizes for Science Books in 2008. His former doctoral students include Geraint Rees[1] and Sarah-Jayne Blakemore.[2]

Awards and honours[edit]

Frith was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2000, a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA),[when?] and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.[when?]

In September 2008, a festschrift was organised in his honour by The Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.[10] In 2009 he was awarded the Fyssen Foundation Prize for his work on neuropsychology[11] and he and Uta Frith were awarded the European Latsis Prize for their work linking the human mind and the human brain.[12] In 2014 he and Uta Frith were awarded the Jean Nicod Prize[13] for their work on social cognition.

Personal life[edit]

Chris Frith is the brother of guitarist Fred Frith, musicologist Simon Frith, and property lawyer Barney Frith.[14] He is the husband of Uta Frith, the developmental psychologist. In 2008 they were the subject of a double portrait by Emma Wesley.[15] Their children are computational biologist Martin Frith[16] and children's book editor Alex Frith[17]


  1. ^ a b Rees, Geraint Ellis (2000). An investigation of the neural correlates of selective attention using functional imaging in humans. (PhD thesis). University of London. OCLC 1006241559.
  2. ^ a b Blakemore, Sarah-Jayne (2000). Recognising the sensory consequences of one's own actions (PhD thesis). University College London. OCLC 1006041934. EThOS
  3. ^ "Professor Chris Frith". Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Interacting Minds Centre". Aarhus University.
  5. ^ "Institute of Philosophy". School of Advance Studies, University of London.
  6. ^ Frith, Christopher Donald (1969). Individual differences in pursuit rotor and tapping skills. (PhD thesis). University of London. OCLC 729774222.
  7. ^ Chris Frith publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  8. ^ "The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Schizophrenia".[ISBN missing]
  9. ^ "Making up the Mind – Chris Frith".[ISBN missing]
  10. ^ "Festschrift in honour of Chris Frith". John Law. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Chris Frith awarded the 2009 Fyssen International Prize". UCL.
  12. ^ "Professors Chris and Uta Frith win the European Latsis Prize 2009". UCL.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "2014 Jean Nicod Prize". Institut Nicod.
  14. ^ "Barney Frith @ Square One law".
  15. ^ "Chris & Uta Frith by Emma Wesley 2008".
  16. ^ "Martin Frith's home page".
  17. ^ ."Alex Frith @ Usborne".