The ASSC is an academic society that promotes rigorous research directed toward understanding the nature, function, and underlying mechanisms of consciousness. The ASSC includes members working in the fields of cognitive science, medicine, neuroscience, philosophy, and other relevant disciplines in the sciences and humanities.
The ASSC web site has several main functions:
* co-ordinating annual conferences on aspects of the scientific study of consciousness
* promotion of other activities in the field (smaller conferences, mailing lists, bibliographic resource, etc.
* facilitate consciousness research with awards for new investigators
* publication of papers relevant to the scientific study of consciousness in the inter-disciplinary journal Psyche.