Chris Frith

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Chris Frith
FRS[1] FBA[2]
CDF FIL 2007.jpg
Born Christopher Donald Frith
(1942-03-16) 16 March 1942 (age 75)
Alma mater Christ's College, Cambridge (1960–1963)
University of London (Institute of Psychiatry (1964–1969)
Thesis Individual differences in pursuit rotor and tapping skills (1969)
Doctoral advisor Hans Eysenck
Doctoral students Geraint Rees
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore[3]
Spouse Uta Frith
Children 2

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,[4] Visiting Professor at the Interacting Minds Centre[5] at Aarhus University, Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy [6] and Quondam Fellow of All Souls College.


Chris Frith was born in 1942 in Cross In Hand, Sussex and educated at The Leys School, Cambridge, before reading Natural Sciences at Christ's College, University of Cambridge. After graduation, he completed a Diploma in Abnormal Psychology and Ph.D. at the Institute of Psychiatry in 1969 under the supervision of Hans Eysenck.[7]


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[8] in peer reviewed journals and has an h-index of 194. He is the author of a number of important neuroscience books, including the classic The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Schizophrenia (1992/2015)[9] and the popular science book Making up the Mind (2007),[10] which was on the long list for the Royal Society Science Book Award in 2008. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the British Academy, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In September 2008, a festschrift was organized in his honour by The Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.[11] In 2009 he was awarded the Fyssen Foundation Prize for his work on neuropsychology[12] and he and Uta Frith were awarded the European Latsis Prize for their work linking the human mind and the human brain.[13] In 2014 he and Uta Frith were awarded the Jean Nicod Prize[14] for their work on social cognition.

Personal life[edit]

Chris Frith is the brother of Fred Frith, the guitarist, Simon Frith, the musicologist, and Barney Frith, the property lawyer.[15] He is the husband of Uta Frith, the developmental psychologist. In 2008 they were the subject of a double portrait by Emma Wesley.[16] Their children are computational biologist Martin Frith[17] and children's book editor Alex Frith[18]


  1. ^ "Chris Frith FRS". Royal Society. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Chris Frith FBA". British Academy. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Blakemore, Sarah-Jayne (2000). Recognising the sensory consequences of one's own actions (PhD thesis). University College London. 
  4. ^ "Professor Chris Frith". Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging. Retrieved 2010-12-24. 
  5. ^ "Interacting MInds Centre". Aarhus University. 
  6. ^ "Institute of Philosophy". School of Advance Studies, University of London. 
  7. ^ Frith, Christopher Donald (1969). Individual differences in pursuit rotor and tapping skills (PhD thesis). Institute of Psychiatry, London. 
  8. ^ "Chris Frith publications". Google Scholar. 
  9. ^ "The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Schizophrenia". Google Books. 
  10. ^ "Making up the Mind - Chris Frith". Google Books. 
  11. ^ "Festschrift in honour of Chris Frith". John Law. 
  12. ^ "Chris Frith awarded the 2009 Fyssen International Prize". UCL. 
  13. ^ "Professors Chris and Uta Frith win the European Latsis Prize 2009". UCL. 
  14. ^ "2014 Jean Nicod Prize". Institut Nicod. 
  15. ^ "Barney Frith @ Square One law". 
  16. ^ "Chris & Uta Frith by Emma Wesley 2008". 
  17. ^ "Martin Frith's home page". 
  18. ^ ."Alex Frith @ Usborne".