Matteo Grasso, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher


I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin–Madison since 2018. 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

Ellia F, Hendren J, Grasso M, Kozma C, Mindt G, Lang JP, Haun A, Albantakis L, Boly M and Tononi G (forthcoming) Consciousness is a structure, not a function. Neuroscience of Consciousness. 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.