Matteo Grasso, PhD


I am a Scientist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. I do research in philosophy and computational neuroscience. In my research I contribute to the development of Integrated Information Theory (IIT) and its application to the study of consciousness.

Research Interests: Philosophy of mind, Metaphysics, Computational Neuroscience, Artificial neural networks, Consciousness, Causation, Phenomenal experience, Panpsychism, Concepts, Free Will, Artificial consciousness.

Selected Publications

Albantakis L, Barbosa LS, Findlay G, Grasso M, Haun AM, Marshall W, Mayner WGP, Zaeemzadeh A, Boly M, Juel BE, Sasai S, Fujii K, David I, Hendren J, Lang JP, Tononi G (2023) Integrated information theory (IIT) 4.0: Formulating the properties of phenomenal existence in physical terms. arXiv [q-bio.NC]. doi: 2212.14787

Marshall W, Grasso M, Mayner WGP, Zaeemzadeh A, Barbosa LS, Chastain E, Findlay G, Sasai S, Albantakis L and Tononi G (2023) System Integrated Information. Entropy, 25 (2): 334. doi: 10.3390/e25020334

Tononi G, Boly M, Grasso M, Hendren J, Juel BE, Mayner WGP, Marshall W, Koch C (2022) IIT, half masked and half disfigured. Behav Brain Sci., 45: e60. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X21001990. PMID: 35319429

Ellia F, Hendren J, Grasso M, Kozma C, Mindt G, Lang JP, Haun A, Albantakis L, Boly M and Tononi G (2021) Consciousness is a structure, not a function. Neuroscience of Consciousness, 2021(2). doi: 10.1093/nc/niab032

Grasso* M, Albantakis* L, Lang JP, Tononi G (2021) Causal reductionism and causal structures. Nature Neuroscience, 24: 1348-1355. doi: 10.1038/s41593-021-00911-8

Grasso M, Haun A and Tononi G (2021) Of maps and grids. Neuroscience of Consciousness, 7(2): 1-10. doi: 10.1093/nc/niab022

Marmodoro, A., & Grasso, M. (2020). The power of color. American Philosophical Quarterly, 57 (1), 65-78.

Grasso, M. (2019). IIT vs. Russellian Monism: A Metaphysical Showdown on the Content of Experience. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 26(1-2), 48-75.

Bucci, A. & Grasso, M. (2017). Sleep and dreaming in the Predictive Processing framework. In Philosophy and Predictive Processing. Metzinger, T. & Wiese, W. (eds.), Frankfurt am Main: MIND Group.

De Caro, M. & Grasso, M. (2017). Three views on mental downward causation. In Philosophical and scientific perspectives on downward causation. Paolini Paoletti, M. & Orilia, F.(eds.), London: Routledge.

Grasso, M. (2015). The Metaphysics of Free Will: A Critique of Free Won’t as Double Prevention. Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia e Psicologia, 6(1), 120-129.

Grasso, M. (2014). Cognitive neuroscience and animal consciousness. In Naturalism and Constructivism in Metaethics. Sofia Bonicalzi, Leonardo Caffo and Mattia Sorgon (eds), Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 182-203.