The symposium will address the construct of belief, and its relationship to emotion and behaviour.  We will consider the nature of human and animal belief, from an experimental, theoretical and philosophical angle.  We will examine the putative neurobiological constituents of belief, and their importance in understanding, treating and preventing pathology of thought and behaviour.

We will explore three complementary perspectives:
1. Descriptive - what is it to hold a belief?
2. Functional - what do beliefs do for us?
3. Mechanistic - how do beliefs emerge from cognition and brain function?


The symposium is designed to bring together people interested in the neuroscientific, developmental, clinical and/or philosophical examination of belief and related concepts, such as knowledge, inference, biases, and decision-making. Of particular interest are: the experimental and analytical methods relevant to the study of these concepts; the clinical manifestation of varied belief states; the inter-dependence between beliefs and behaviour.


D r   T h o m a s   B o r a u d
Director of Research, Physiology and Pathophysiology of Executive Functions
CNRS   and   University of Bordeaux

D r   P h i l   C o r l e t t
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry
Yale School of Medicine

P r o f e s s o r   K e i t h   F r a n k i s h
Professor of Philosophy
Open University   and   University of Crete

P r o f e s s o r   K a r l   F r i s t o n
Wellcome Principal Research Fellow and Scientific Director
Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL

P r o f e s s o r   J o n a t h a n   H i l l
Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
University of Reading

D r   C h r i s t i n a   M o u t s i a n a
Lecturer in Psychology
University of Westminster

P r o f e s s o r   K e s t e r   R a t t e n b u r y
Professor of Architecture
University of Westminster

D r   E m a   S u l l i v a n - B i s s e t t
Lecturer in Philosophy
University of Birmingham

D r   K o n s t a n t i n o s   T s e t s o s
Marie Curie Fellow
UKE Hamburg

Chair:    D r   A n a s t a s i a   C h r i s t a k o u
Associate Professor in Cognitive Neurobiology
University of Reading

Image credit:
"If these wings should fail me" by Beth Carter
with thanks to the artist for permission