Chris Frith

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Chris Frith
Born Christopher Donald Frith
(1942-03-16) 16 March 1942 (age 73)
Alma mater King's College London (Institute of Psychiatry)
Thesis Individual differences in pursuit rotor and tapping skills (1968)
Doctoral students Sarah-Jayne Blakemore[1]
Notable awards
Spouse Uta Frith
Children 2

Christopher Donald Frith, FRS, FBA (born 16 March 1942, United Kingdom) 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 and Quondam Fellow of All Souls College.[5]


Frith completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1969 at the Institute of Psychiatry in London.[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.[7]

With an h-index of 133 and over 400 publications, Frith is an ISI highly cited researcher.[8] He is the author of a number of important neuroscience books, including the classic The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Schizophrenia (1992) and the popular science book Making up the Mind (2007),[9] 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 2009 he was awarded the Fyssen Foundation Prize for his work on neuropsychology[10] and he and Uta Frith were awarded the European Latsis Prize for their work linking the human mind and the human brain.[11] In September 2008, a festschrift was organized in his honour by The Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.[12]

Frith is on the editorial board of Consciousness and Cognition..

Personal Life[edit]

Chris Frith is the brother of Fred Frith, a guitarist, Simon Frith, a musicologist, and Barney Frith, a property lawyer. He is the husband of Uta Frith, a developmental psychologist and the father of the computational biologist, Martin Frith, and the children's book editor, Alex Frith.


  1. ^ Blakemore, Sarah-Jayne (2000). Recognising the sensory consequences of one's own actions (PhD thesis). University College London. 
  2. ^ "FRITH, Professor Chris, FRS". British Academy. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Professor Chris Frith FRS FBA". Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging. Retrieved 2010-12-24. 
  4. ^ "Interacting Minds Centre". Aarhus University. 
  5. ^ Chris Frith's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier.
  6. ^ Frith, Christopher Donald (1969). Individual differences in pursuit rotor and tapping skills (PhD thesis). Institute of Psychiatry, London. 
  7. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  8. ^ "Highly Cited Research - F". ISI Highly Cited Researchers. Thompson ISI. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  9. ^ "Making up the Mind - Chris Frith". Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging. Retrieved 2010-12-24. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Appointments". Times Higher Education. 2010-02-25. Retrieved 2010-12-24. 
  11. ^ "Professors Chris and Uta Frith win the European Latsis Prize 2009". European Science Foundation. Retrieved 2010-12-24. 
  12. ^ "Festschrift in honour of Chris Frith". Interacting Minds. Retrieved 2010-12-24.