Bernroider is currently Associate Professor for Neurobiology, at the University of Salzburg in Austria. He leads a research lab for neurosignaling and neurodynamics studies that focuses on neural correlates of higher level brain functions.
Among others, he has suggested that brain research requires an interactionistic view combining the brains physical states with the phenomenology of mind. He endorses the hypothesis that the mind-brain interface is physically instantiated at the quantum scale and has published his concepts in a series of papers since the mid 1990s. Bernroider assumes that the contents of consciousness is purely perceptual. It is a perceptual phenomenon that, in the brain, pertains only to sensory systems. As it is hard to believe in 'magical' emergence, it is argued that one cannot expect that the ‘experiential’ contents of consciousness ‘arises’ from something which is entirely non-experiential. So the notion of a sensory system bearing the ‘seeds of experiential contents’ will reflect a very widely distributed instantiation, building on real 'actual entities' as suggested by Alfred North Whitehead or anticipated by the notion of a psychon as a mental unit by Sir John Eccles. At present Bernroiders work focuses on the question of macroscopically detectable entanglement witness states of quantum correlations within ion channel proteins of nerve cell membranes at warm temperatures ..