Michael Graziano

Michael Graziano
Professor, Departmental Representative
281 Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Ph.D., Princeton University
Curriculum Vitæ (100.03 KB)

What is consciousness and how can a brain construct it? Recently the focus of my lab turned to the brain basis of consciousness, examining the topic from the perspective of social cognition. Objectively, we know that humans attribute awareness to themselves and to each other. What is the brain mechanism responsible for constructing this attribution of awareness—for computing that person Y is aware of thing X? What types of computations are required? What happens when those brain networks are disrupted? What are the social, predictive, or behavioral uses, if any, of the construct of awareness?

Representative Publications

Igelström KM, Webb TW, Graziano MSA (2015) Neural processes in the human temporoparietal cortex separated by localized independent component analysis. Journal of Neuroscience, 35: 9432-9445.

Webb TW, Graziano MSA (2015) The attention schema theory: a mechanistic account of subjective awareness. Frontiers in Psychology, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00500.


Graziano MSA (2015) A new view of the motor cortex and its relation to social behavior. In Shared Representations: Sensorimotor Foundations of Social Life. Obhi SS, Cross ES (Eds), Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Graziano MSA (2014) Cortical action representations. In: Brain Mapping: An Encyclopedic Reference. Toga AW, Poldrack RA (Eds) Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Graziano MSA (2014) Speculations on the evolution of awareness. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 1300-1304.