I am not yet able, as the Delphic inscription has it, to know myself; so it seems to me ridiculous, when I do not yet know that, to investigate irrelevant things.
The inscription “know thyself” has been the main thrust of philosophical, psychological, and more recently neuroscientific research. Revealing the intricate cognitive structures that make up what we call the mind – and their underlying neural substrates – has proven to be one of the ultimate challenges these disciplines are facing. In our lab, we are trying to follow the “know thyself” imperative by studying two fundamental features of the human mind: semantic integration – the ability to understand semantic relations between objects and concepts – and conscious awareness – experiencing the world in a qualitative way. Given the complexity of these questions, our lab tackles them with multiple techniques, from behavioral studies through electrophysiology (both EEG and intracranial recordings), to fMRI.