Christopher Frith, psychologist and professor emeritus at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, was in 2016 ranked among the ten most influential brain scientists of the modern era. A world expert on schizophrenia, he is the author of The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Schizophrenia (winner of the 1996 British Psychological Society Book Prize) and Making Up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World (longlisted for the 2008 Royal Society Prize), and co-author with Eve Johnstone of Schizophrenia: A Very Short Introduction.
He is a pioneer in the use of brain imaging, and in 2000 was the senior member of the team that drew world press attention when they discovered enlargement of the hippocampus in the brains of London taxi drivers. The study was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2003. His account of schizophrenia is featured in the syllabus for A-level Psychology, and his ideas on the purpose of consciousness have been aired on Radio 4 and in discussions at the Royal Institution.
Christopher is a fellow of the Royal Society, British Academy, Academy of Medical Science, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2014, he was jointly awarded the Jean-Nicod Lecture Series Prize with his wife, Professor Uta Frith.
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