Grand Challenges

The Grand Challenges exercise is the central piece of work for The Human Mind Project. It aims to identify about ten topics or questions that might be tackled through new – presumably interdisciplinary – research.  These Grand Challenges will be articulated in publications aimed at researchers, politicians and the public at large. And they will be described in the final Report of the Project, which will make the case to public and private funding bodies for investment in new areas and styles of research.

These themes will help us identify, examine, and analyse the future questions of research around the human mind. Why not take a look around and if you find a particular question interesting please add your thoughts in the forums.


20 July 2016 Mattia

Is your research project a start-up?

Mattia Gallotti: In broad strokes, it’s the aspects of the mind that makes us inherently social as human beings, what makes us good (or bad) at interacting with others. Ask yourself: What is it that makes two people have a conversation?

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6 July 2016 Giovanna

Are emotions ‘embodied’ mental states?

Giovanna Colombetti: Emotions are very much ‘embodied’ mental states, recently I’ve been looking at the possibility that they might even be ‘extended’ into the world.

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