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

Grasso M, Albantakis L, Lang JP, Tononi G (forthcoming) Causal reductionism and causal structures. Nature Neuroscience.

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.

Grasso M, Haun A and Tononi G (forthcoming) Of maps and grids. Neuroscience of Consciousness.

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.