ASSC 17 Abstract Submission


The annual ASSC conferences are intended to promote interdisciplinary dialogue in the scientific study of consciousness. ASSC members as well as non-members are encouraged to submit contributions that address current empirical and theoretical issues in the study of consciousness, from the perspectives of neuroscience, psychology, medicine, philosophy, computer science, and cognitive ethology. ASSC17 will provide an excellent opportunity for the presentation of new empirical findings or novel theoretical perspectives in an atmosphere that will promote discussion and debate.

The program committee invites submissions for poster presentations on any topic relevant to the scientific study of consciousness. Neuroscientific, anthropological, clinical, evolutionary, psychological, philosophical, or computational perspectives are all welcome. Any person may present only one submission, but may be co-author on more than one. Currently, only submissions for posters are being accepted. We would, however, like you to be aware that there are a limited number of poster spaces available. Posters will be selected on the basis of highest quality and relevance to the aims of the ASSC.

All presenters must register for the conference (registration and payment can be made after acceptance notification has been received).  Please note that author names will be stripped from submissions prior to review by the committee to encourage fair evaluation (committee chairs will however have access to this information).

Please note that, due to the limited time and space available, we will not be able to accept all abstract submissions. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this restriction may cause.



You will be asked to provide:

  • Title
  • Abstract of up to 250 words.
  • Presenting Author Name and Email
  • Name and affiliation for all authors (including presenting author).
  • Track (Neuroscience, Psychology, Philosophy, Clinical or other).

Again, the maximum time allotted for each talk is 20 minutes (including discussion). Speakers should aim to complete their talk in 15 minutes to allow 3-4 minutes for questions and speaker transition time. High-definition video projectors will be available in every venue space allotted for talks. Provisions for audio output will also be available. Though in most cases a house laptop will be available, we urge speakers to bring their own computers. Although virtually any presentation format would probably be acceptable, we would strongly recommend the most commonly available formats: Powerpoint and Keynote

Please note that, due to the limited time and space available, we will not be able to accept all abstract submissions. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this restriction may cause.


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In line with practices at some recent ASSC conferences, abstracts will be judged by the scientific committee "blind" to the list of contributing authors. The abstracts will be judged soley on the quality of the work presented in the abstract and its relevance to consciousness research. Submissions labeled as "POSTER ONLY" will be considered separately and will simply be judged on a decision to accept or reject. The remaining submissions labeled as either "TALK ONLY" or "TALK OR POSTER" will be judged together ("blind" to the submitting authors indication that the abstract will be withdrawn in a talk is not awarded).



ASSC17 is seeking funds for travel awards for young scholars (Ph.D. student and postdoc within 3 years of graduation). Please check "yes" if you would like to be considered for an award, should these become available.  We expect to have several travel awards available, in the form of free accommodations at the conference hotel for those students traveling to the conference from outside the San Diego area.



SIf you need an express review for acceptance or rejection of the abstract for your visa applications, select "YES"  where the form asks, "Do you need an express review for acceptance or rejection of your abstract for a visa application?"  

NOTE: Express reviews will be conducted as quickly as possible, but as they will require the immediate attention of the reviewing committee, we ask that these requests be limited to only those that need written confirmation of acceptance to the conference in order to apply for a travel visa to the US. No decisions regarding talk or poster slots will be made until the abstract submission period has closed.



For each of the poster sessions, there will be one prize awarded for neuroscience and one prize awarded for philosophy (4 prizes in total). Posters will be categorized by the judges. The four winners will be presented an award on stage just before the final keynote of the conference. The winning posters will also be featured on the ASSC website. The competition is only open to students (post-docs are not eligible).

If you would like to be considered for the student poster competition, then select "YES"  where the form asks, "Would you like to be considered for the student poster prize?"

Note: Prizes will not be awarded for student talk presentations. So, if you select "talk or poster" for your presentation and you are awarded a talk, then you will not be considered for the poster prize.

If you have any questions about the abstract submission process, please contact Tobias Schlicht ( )



Poster Composition: All posters should include the following: 1) A title in large type with author names and affiliations clearly printed below; 2) the abstract as originally submitted for review; 3) a brief introduction describing the nature and/or history of the problem under investigation; 4) a clear summary of results if the poster is presenting new scientific research; and 5) conclusions in the form of bullet points or a concise descriptive paragraph. Wherever possible, the use of figures and tables is strongly encouraged. 

Poster Format: All posters should be printed in landscape format.

Poster Size: The maximum dimensions for posters are 72 inches wide x 44 inches high (or 182.8 cm. wide x 110 cm. high).