Invitation for a lecture of dr Michał Bola

Dear All

I would like to invite you for a lecture on 23th of June at 3pm of dr Michał Bola, from the Laboratory of Brain Imaging. He will present his lecture entitled: "The limits of unconscious processing: is unconscious perceptual integration possible?". His habilitation is processed by the Scientific Council of the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology.


What is the function of consciousness? Classic theories assume that unconscious processing is rather simple and automatic, and that awareness of a stimulus is necessary in order to perform more advanced perceptual and cognitive operations. However, there is a growing body of evidence that various “high-level” functions – like advanced perceptual integration, working memory, or even executive control - might in principle operate in the absence of awareness. These findings call for a closer examination of the relation between consciousness, and perceptual and cognitive mechanisms.

In my talk I will discuss my recent work on unconscious perception. Specifically, I will present studies investigating whether complex visual stimuli - like faces, objects, or scenes – can be processed without awareness. Results these studies shed light on the capabilities and limitations of our “unconscious mind”.

Link to the meeting:

Meeting ID: 950 7911 3844
Passcode: 386986


Date of publication
17 June 2021
Date of event