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PREPARATION OF POSTERS & TALKS FOR THE ASSC21

 

POSTER COMPOSITION AND DIMENSIONS

 

Poster Composition: All posters should include the following: 1) A title in large type with author names and affiliations clearly printed below; 2) the title should be identical to 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 Board:  95 cm hide x 245 cm high

Recommended Poster Size 84cm wide x 115cm high

 

TALK LENGTH, A/V PROVISIONS, AND MODE OF PRESENTATION

 

Concurrent Talk Length: 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. 


On-Site A/V Equipment: High-definition video projectors will be available in every venue space allotted for talks. Though in most cases a house laptop will be available, we urge speakers to bring their own computers. Provisions for audio output will also be available.


Mode of Presentation: Although virtually any presentation format would probably be acceptable, we would strongly recommend the most commonly available formats: PowerPoint.

ASSC 21 Accommodation

 

u Beijing Continental Grand Hotel

Beijing Continental Grand Hotel is connected to Beijing International Convention Center where ASSC 21 will be held from June 13 to June 16, near the subway line 8 and 15. For this reason we highly recommend people to lodge at the Beijing Continental Grand Hotel.

Room Type

Breakfast

Cost

Double Bed / Twin beds

Include one or two breakfast

680 RMB/room/day

l  More information and online reservation:

https://www.bcghotel.com/english/order.asp?id=327

l  Route from Beijing Capital International Airport to Beijing Continental Grand Hotel:

l  Location of Beijing Continental Grand Hotel and Beijing International Convention Center:

  

 

u Huiyuan Service Apartment

Huiyuan Service Apartment is about 5 minutes away from Beijing International Convention Center by walk, and we also recommend people choose this hotel. 

Room Type

Breakfast

Cost

Ya Yun Cun Hotel

 (two single bed or king bed)

Include two breakfast

380 RMB/room/day

Prime Hotel

Standard room

Include two breakfast

630 RMB/room/day

l  More information and online reservation: http://en.huiyuangongyu.com.cn/e/enews/mpass.php?classid=66&id=74 (password: 6969)

l  Location of Huiyuan Service Apartment and the route to Beijing International Convention Center:

 

u Marco Polo Parkside Beijing

Marco Polo Parkside Beijing is about 30 minutes away from Beijing International Convention Center by walk where ASSC 21 will be held. It is nestled in the heart of Beijing’s Asian-Olympic Business District, within walking distance to China Science and Technology Museum, Olympic ParkObservatory Tower. For this reason we also recommend people to choose Marco Polo Parkside Beijing.

Room Type

Breakfast

Cost

Service Charge and Tax

Superior Room

(King Bed / Twin beds)

One or two breakfast can be chosen

¥686.11/room/day

10% service charge 6% tax

Deluxe Room

(King Bed / Twin beds)

One or two breakfast can be chosen

¥840.48/room/day

10% service charge 6% tax

Continental Deluxe Room

(King Bed / Twin beds)

One or two breakfast can be chosen

¥1072.04/room/day

10% service charge 6% tax

Superior Suite

(King Bed)

One or two breakfast can be chosen

¥1372.21/room/day

10% service charge 6% tax

l  More information and online reservation:

http://www.marcopolohotels.com/en/marco_polo/hotels/china/beijing/marco_polo_parkside/offers/assc_21.html  (English Link)

http://www.marcopolohotels.com/ch/marco_polo/hotels/china/beijing/marco_polo_parkside/offers/assc_21.html  (Chinese Link)

 

l  Route from Marco Polo Parkside Beijing to Beijing International Convention Center:


 

u Express Inns

1.   Jinjiang Inn (Beijing Olympic Sports Centre)

It is about 20 minutes away from Beijing International Convention Center by walk.

Room Type

Breakfast

Reference prices

Two single bed or Double bed

No breakfast included

256-338 RMB/room/day

l  More information and online reservation:

http://english.ctrip.com/hotels/beijing-hotel-detail-763469

l  Location of Jinjiang Inn (Beijing Olympic Sports Centre) and the route to Beijing International Convention Center: 

 

2.   Hanting Express (Beijing Yayuncun)

It is about 20 minutes away from Beijing International Convention Center by walk.

Room Type

Breakfast

Reference prices

Two single bed or Double bed

No breakfast included

234-289 RMB /room/day

l  More information and online reservation: http://english.ctrip.com/hotels/beijing-hotel-detail-895671/

l  Location of Hanting Express (Beijing Yayuncun) and the route to Beijing International Convention Center:

  

ASSC 21 Registration - ASSC Non-menbers in Chinese Mainland - Later

INSTRUCTIONS 注册说明 

1 中国大陆境内的非ASSC会员请将注册费汇款到下面账户

t  户名: 中国认知科学学会 

t  账号: 0200006209200298074

t  开户行:工行北京东升路支行 

2 528日后进行会议注册,不可以再选择13日上午和下午的Tutorial以及15日的Dinner 如果您只进行注册,请汇款2800元注册费到上面账户,汇款备注“单位+姓名+R” 

请注意:我们会根据您汇款备注中的单位信息,开具相应的发票,并在您开会报到时交给您。

注册费列表等信息具体如下:

ASSC 21 CONFERENCE    

Early Fees 

(until May 28th)   

Late Fees 

 (until June 9th)   

On site   

Conference Registration - non-ASSC Member  

2500 RMB  

2800 RMB  

3000 RMB  

Tutorials (June 13 / Optional)  

300 RMB (each)  

Not available 

Not available  

Gala Dinner - Regular Fees (June 15 / Optional)  

300 RMB  

Not available  

Not available  

Gala Dinner - Student Fees (June 15 / Optional)  

200 RMB  

Not available

Not available  

 

Optional Morning Tutorials (9:00am-12:00pm, June 13th) - 300 RMB each for early registration (you can only select 1 morning and/or 1 afternoon tutorial):

 

TUTORIAL M1 - 9:00AM: The Use of Sensory Deprivation and Sensory Restriction paradigms 

Oliver Mason

 

TUTORIAL M2 - 9:00AM: Why Illusionism The Case for a Progressive Consciousness Research Program

Daniel Dennett, Keith Frankish, & Enoch Lambert

 

TUTORIAL M3 - 9:00AM: Quantifying metacognition: measures, models, and theories

Stephen Fleming 

 

TUTORIAL M4 - 9:00AM: The empirical study of altered states of consciousness: Common standards in the psychometric assessment of subjective experiences 

Timo Torsten Schmidt

 


Optional Afternoon Tutorials (1:00pm-4:00pm, June 13th)- 300 RMB each for early registration (you can only select 1 morning and/or 1 afternoon tutorial):

 

TUTORIAL A1 - 1:00PM: A primer on experimental hypnosis research 

Devin B. Terhune, Vince Polito, & Amanda J. Barnier


TUTORIAL A2 - 1:00PM: Using Bayes to provide evidence for no effect

Zoltan Dienes


TUTORIAL A3 - 1:00PM: Deep Learning: Implementing Consciousness 

Antoine Pasquali 

 

TUTORIAL A4 - 1:00PM: Computational and Theoretical Foundations of the Predictive Mind

Ryota Kanai & Jakob Hohwy




TUTORIAL A5 - 1:00PM: Novel neuroimaging techniques for the non-invasive study of consciousness 

 Lucas Parra, Jacobo Sitt, & Enzo Tagliazucchi

 


Optional Gala Dinner (June 15th) - 300 RMB each

Keynotes

PRESIDENTIAL ADRESS: Neural mechanisms explaining first person perspective and subjectivity

 

Catherine Tallon-Baudry (Ecole Normale Supérieure, France)

 

Subjectivity refers to the most fundamental feature of consciousness, namely the pre-reflective first-person perspective inherent to all conscious experiences: when I see a landscape, or when I feel happy, or when I choose red wine, the experience or decision is intrinsically mine. How is subjectivity implemented in the brain? Consciousness research has so far focused mostly on information processing and high-level cognition, leaving subjectivity itself unaccounted for. I propose that subjectivity is rooted in the neural monitoring of visceral organs. The hypothesis relies on two vital organs that continuously generate their own rhythmic electrical activity, the stomach and the heart, and therefore continuously send information up to the neocortex, even in the absence of bodily changes. Cortical responses to those visceral signals would define the organism as an entity at the neural level, and create a subject-centered reference frame from which first-person perspective could develop. In other words, the brain may use cardiac and gastric inputs as self-specifying signals. We have recently obtained evidence in humans supporting this model, both at rest and in various experimental settings targeting perceptual consciousness and self-consciousness. The neural monitoring of visceral organs thus provides a new lead to understand how subjective experience can emerge from a biological organism.  

 

 

KEYNOTE 1: Perceptual Cycles

 

Rufin VanRullen (Université Paul Sabatier, France)

 

Brain function involves oscillations at various frequencies. This could imply that perception, cognition and even consciousness operate periodically, as a succession of cycles mirroring the underlying oscillations. This age-old notion of discrete perception has resurfaced in recent years, fueled by advances in neuroscientific techniques. Contrary to earlier views of discrete perception as a unitary sampling rhythm, contemporary evidence points not to one but several rhythms of perception that may depend on sensory modality, task, stimulus properties, or brain regions. In vision for example, a sensory alpha rhythm (~10Hz) may co-exist with at least one more rhythm performing attentional sampling around 7Hz. How these multiple periodic functions are orchestrated, and how internal sampling rhythms coordinate with overt sampling behavior, remain open questions. 


 

KEYNOTE 2: Into The Gray Zone: New approaches to assessing awareness in disorders of consciousness 

 

Adrian Owen (Western University, Canada)

 

In recent years, rapid technological developments in the field of neuroimaging have provided a number of new methods for detecting covert awareness in some patients who are thought to be in a vegetative state and, in some instances, to allow them to communicate with the outside world. While such methods are effective in detecting consciousness where it exists, they tell us little about the actual conscious state of any individual – in short, what it is like to be them. I will explore a number of new methods for revealing thoughts, actions and intentions based solely on the pattern of activity that is observed in the brain in response to real world experiences. By comparison with data from studies of anesthetic sedation and sleep in healthy individuals we can begin to draw some more precise conclusions about the conscious experiences of patients who are comatose, vegetative or ‘minimally conscious’.


 

KEYNOTE 3: High-level visual specialization in the brain: linking single neurons to fMRI networks

 

David Leopold (National Institute of Mental Health, USA)

 

Humans rely strongly on vision to read and interpret the world, including complex social information conveyed through faces and bodies. The same is true for nonhuman primates, where visual cognition mediates many aspects of group interaction. The primate inferior temporal cortex features several well-studied territories in which neurons respond categorically to faces. These "face patches" are readily localized using fMRI and serve as important reference points for investigating neural processing in the ventral visual pathway. Recent advances in our laboratory have made it possible to record longitudinally across weeks from individual neurons using chronic microwires. In my talk, I will describe two experiments that rely upon this method. The first experiment measured responses to realistic face stimuli that were morphed across different identities. Neural responses were measured before, during and after perceptual learning. The results provide new evidence that the brain encodes face identity within a “caricaturization” framework, and that this encoding is unchanging over time, even as perceptual abilities sharpen. The second experiment probed the responses of face-selective neurons during the free viewing of naturalistic videos. We compared single unit time courses in a local population of neurons in face patch AF (<1 mm3) with fMRI responses across the brain, yielding a unique correlational map for each neuron. With this approach, neighboring neurons showed a striking diversity in their whole-brain functional maps. Based on this mapping, we classified neurons into workable subpopulations. The maps corresponding to these subpopulations ranged from including only face patches to incorporation large swaths of retinotopic visual cortex. Together, these findings shed new light on a local population face-selective neurons, both in terms of their coding principles, as well as their functional affiliation with other brain regions.   

 

 

KEYNOTE 4: From Synaptic Plasticity to Self-Awareness

 

Mu-ming Poo (Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

 

Physiological studies of synaptic plasticity have shown that the timing of firing spikes in the pre- and postsynaptic neurons is critical for determining the magnitude and polarity of activity-induced modification of synaptic efficacy – repetitive pre-synaptic spiking before post-synaptic spiking leads to long-term synaptic potentiation, whereas the opposite temporal order of repetitive spiking leads to long-term synaptic depression.  This spike-timing dependent plasticity (STDP) has been found in a variety of synapses in the brain, and could provide a cellular basis for the experience-induced changes in neural circuit function and animal behavior.  I will review the physiological mechanisms associated with STDP and address its potential role in a variety of behavioral plasticity, from the rehabilitation of brain functions in humans to the acquisition of self-awareness in macaque monkeys.

 

 

KEYNOTE 5: Epistemic feelings and thought awareness 

 

Joëlle Proust (Ecole Normale Supérieure, France) 


Cognitive phenomenology refers to the experience one has when performing cognitive actions, such as making sense of an event, planning a trip, trying to remember a name, or solving a problem. Surprisingly, this is a highly controversial research topic. If cognitive phenomenology exists (which is debated as well), does it have a sensory basis, or does it use non-sensory informational channel(s)? An intermediate position will be defended: cognitive phenomenology includes sensory cues, but these cues relay predictive information about current epistemic activity. Because they have a graded valence and intensity, they can efficiently guide decision. To this extent, sensory cues are a mandatory part of the representational vehicles for conscious thought. On the other hand, they serve as a projection basis for multilevel predictive, graded evaluations, generated by a variety of task-specific heuristics. This explains why epistemic feelings, although embodied in proprioceptive changes, paradoxically have an intellectual feel and are task-oriented: an argument feels coherent, relevant, insightful etc. Our arguments for a projective view will be drawing on current theorizing about predictive evaluation, action modelling and metacognition. 

ASSC 21 Registration - ASSC Non-members outside Chinese Mainland - later

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Payments received after May 31st will not be refundable. Refunds made prior to May 31st will be subject to a 15% processing fee.

 


 

Optional Morning Tutorials (9:00am-12:00pm, June 13th) - 50 USD each (you can only select 1 morning and/or 1 afternoon tutorial):

 

TUTORIAL M1 - 9:00AM: The Use of Sensory Deprivation and Sensory Restriction paradigms 

Oliver Mason



TUTORIAL M2 - 9:00AM: Why Illusionism The Case for a Progressive Consciousness Research Program

Daniel Dennett, Keith Frankish, & Enoch Lambert




TUTORIAL M3 - 9:00AM: Quantifying metacognition: measures, models, and theories

Stephen Fleming




TUTORIAL M4 - 9:00AM: The empirical study of altered states of consciousness: Common standards in the psychometric assessment of subjective experiences 

Timo Torsten Schmidt




Optional Afternoon Tutorials (1:00pm-4:00pm, June 13th)- 50 USD each (you can only select 1 morning and/or 1 afternoon tutorial):

 

TUTORIAL A1 - 1:00PM: A primer on experimental hypnosis research 

Devin B. Terhune, Vince Polito, & Amanda J. Barnier




TUTORIAL A2 - 1:00PM:
 Using Bayes to provide evidence for no effect

Zoltan Dienes




TUTORIAL A3 - 1:00PM: Deep Learning: Implementing Consciousness 

Antoine Pasquali




TUTORIAL A4 - 1:00PM: Computational and Theoretical Foundations of the Predictive Mind

Ryota Kanai & Jakob Hohwy



TUTORIAL A5 - 1:00PM: Novel neuroimaging techniques for the non-invasive study of consciousness 

 Lucas Parra, Jacobo Sitt, & Enzo Tagliazucchi


 


Optional Gala Dinner (June 15th) 




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ASSC 21 Visa information

VISA INFORMATION

 

All foreign nationals wanting to come to China must be able to submit statutory documents at the border verifying the reasons for their stay, their means of support, and accommodation arrangements. As a rule, unless you are exempt, you are required to have a visa. It must be applied for from the relevant Chinese embassy or consulate in the applicant’s country of residence.


A certain number of nationalities are exempt from the short-stay visa requirement in China. Nationals of Japan, Singapore, and Brunei are exempt from visa requirement.

 

Here is the list of agreements on mutual visa exemption between China and foreign Countries: http://cs.mfa.gov.cn/zlbg/tyxy_660627/P020161129674689142759.doc

 

Be careful to validate that your passport category is covered by agreement on visa exemption.

 

For more information regarding visa information, please visit the official Chinese governmental website: http://cs.mfa.gov.cn/wgrlh/lhqz/lhqzjjs/t1095035.shtml or have a look at wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_China 

 

 

LETTER OF INVITATION

 

After identifying that a visa is needed, the Local Organizing Committee can provide you an Invitation letter. To request a Letter of Invitation please send your request to assc21@psych.ac.cn and provide the following information: Full name, Gender, Date of birth, Nationality, Current Residency, and Passport Number.

 

 

Visa Information

VISA INFORMATION

 

All foreign nationals wanting to come to China must be able to submit statutory documents at the border verifying the reasons for their stay, their means of support, and accommodation arrangements. As a rule, unless you are exempt, you are required to have a visa. It must be applied for from the relevant Chinese embassy or consulate in the applicant’s country of residence.


A certain number of nationalities are exempt from the short-stay visa requirement in China. Nationals of Japan, Singapore, and Brunei are exempt from visa requirement.

 

Here is the list of agreements on mutual visa exemption between China and foreign Countries: http://cs.mfa.gov.cn/zlbg/tyxy_660627/P020161129674689142759.doc

 

Be careful to validate that your passport category is covered by agreement on visa exemption.

 

For more information regarding visa information, please visit the official Chinese governmental website: http://cs.mfa.gov.cn/wgrlh/lhqz/lhqzjjs/t1095035.shtml

or have a look at wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_China 

 

 

LETTER OF INVITATION

 

After identifying that a visa is needed, the Local Organizing Committee can provide you an Invitation letter. To request a Letter of Invitation please send your request to assc21@psych.ac.cn and provide the following information: Full name, Gender, Date of birth, Nationality, Current Residency, and Passport Number.

 

 

ASSC 21 - Registration

 

                                                                                             Online registration is now open!

ASSC 21 CONFERENCE 

Early Fees (until May 28th)

Later fees (until June 9)

On site

Conference Registration - Non-Member

    380 USD

    430 USD

460 USD

Conference Registration - ASSC Member 

    330 USD

    380 USD

410 USD

Conference Registration - ASSC Student Member

    170 USD

    200 USD

230 USD

Tutorials (June 13 / Optional)

    50 USD (each)

    Not available

Not available

Gala Dinner - Regular Fees (June 15 / Optional)

    45 USD

    Not available

Not available

Gala Dinner - Student Fees

    30 USD

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ASSC 21 – Travel and local information

 

Transportation to the Conference

  

ASSC21 will be held at Beijing International Convention Center, No.8 Beichen Dong Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing. For Taxi, show this to the driver: 北京国际会议中心, 北京市朝阳区北辰东路8号。

 

 

From Beijing Capital International Airport: 1) airport shuttle line 5, to Asian Games Village (Anhui Bridge); 2) airport express subway (Terminal 3-----Sanyuanqiao) ----- line 10 (Sanyuanqiao-----4 stations---- Beitucheng) ----- line 8 (Beitucheng-----Olympic Sports Center). For more information: http://en.bcia.com.cn/

 

 

 

From Beijing Station: subway line 2 (Beijing Station--Guloudajie) --- line 8 (Guloudajie--Olympic Sports Center)

 

From Beijing South Station: subway line 4 (Beijing South Station--Xuanwumen) --- line 2 (Xuanwumen--Guloudajie) --- line 8 (Guloudajie-- Olympic Sports Center)

Check this website for subway route planning:

http://www.bjsubway.com/en/subwaymap/station_map.html

Choose the start station and the destination, for example, Airport Express Terminal 3 and Line 8 Olympic Sports Center.

 

General Transport Information of Beijing

Beijing Subway possesses 18 subway lines in Beijing covering most of the city. There are more details and a riding scheme planner at its official website: http://www.bjsubway.com/en/index.html. The sign below are shown when there is a station nearby.

 


Public Buses are also available in Beijing yet most of them are for self-service so it is advised to use them only when accompanied by a local guide.

Transportation Smart card is used for the subway and the bus, and can be rented with credits at any subway station. Later, it can be returned at stations listed below for refunds.

Subway Lines

Stations

Line 1

Guchenglu, Sihui

Line 2

Fuxingmen, Xizhimen

Line 5

Lishuiqiao, Yonghegong, Dongdan, Songjiazhuang, Xizhimen

Line 8

Jianguomen, Beitucheng

Line 10

Shaoyaoju, Zhichunlu

Line 13

Dongzhimen

Airport Express

T3 of Capital Airport

 

Taxi can be hailed around the city and most drivers know a bit of English. Be sure to use the official ones with a sign on the roof and a driver’s registration card. To avoid any trouble, please ask for receipts after the ride. Taxi reservation: 96106.

 

Local Tourist Spots and Restaurants

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Beijing International Convention Center is to the east of the central area of the facilities for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

 

 

The west and north side of the convention center is surrounded by Olympic Green. The National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, and the National Aquatics Center, known as the Water Cube, are both near the Convention Center, within 500m. They are shining examples of the main sport buildings for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

 

To the South, there is a Relics Park for the capital city wall of Yuan Dynasty. A part of the ancient city wall is preserved in the park together with beautiful natural scenery.


 

To the east side of the convention center stand many restaurants, where you can enjoy Chinese food or choose fast food for quick refreshment. There are Jingweizhai (京味斋,Beijing Flavor Restaurant), Qiaojiangnan (俏江南,Fashionable South Food), Shanghai Xiaonanguo (上海小南国, Shanghai’s South State Food) and others all providing some excellent Chinese cuisines. Also, if you prefer familiar food, there are western restaurant and fast food like KFC and Mc Donald’s.

 

Famous Tourist Attractions

The Palace Museum- The Forbidden City: http://en.dpm.org.cn/

The Great Wall: http://www.badaling.cn/language/en.asp

Summer palace: http://www.summerpalace-china.com/ywy/index.html

Other Information: http://www.ebeijing.gov.cn/Travel/

 

ASSC 21 Tutorials

 

TUTORIAL 1: “The Use of Sensory Deprivation and Sensory Restriction paradigms”

Oliver Mason (University of Surrey, UK; University College London, UK)

1. Background to use of sensory deprivation paradigms in research focusing on their use in inducing altered states of consciousness, dissociation. hallucinations and other psychotic-like states. Some coverage of psychophysiological findings related to sensory deprivation. Coverage of ethical issues in research using these paradigms. 

2. Provision of equipment including ganzfeld goggles and auditory stimuli to demonstrate sensory restriction paradigms.  

3. Facilitated discussion of the topic.  

 

Note: There will be equipment available for attenders to try out including ganzfeld goggles and auditory stimuli to demonstrate sensory restriction paradigms. This will feed into discussion of potential research uses as well as broader discussion points arising from the background covered in the tutorial.  

 

TUTORIAL 2: Why Illusionism The Case for a Progressive Consciousness Research Program 

Daniel Dennett (Tufts University, US) 

Keith Frankish (The Open University, UK) 

Enoch Lambert (Tufts University, US)

Illusionism is the view that there is no such thing as phenomenal properties of consciousness. What needs explaining are not phenomenal properties, but the strong intuitive pull that there are such. While the position is often dismissed if considered at all, strong defenses of it exist. Most recently, Keith Frankish, in “Illusionism as a Theory of Consciousness”, has forcefully re-advanced illusionism as a primary contender in consciousness debates. His paper places the view in relation to other leading ones and nicely reviews the arguments for and against it. He also helpfully reviews the positions of previous illusionists such as Daniel Dennett, Nicholas Humphrey, Derk Pereboom, and Georges Rey.

The proposed tutorial aims to promote understanding of the illusionist position and to show why, despite initial appearances, it can be considered the most promising position on consciousness for scientific research. To take a simple and much discussed phenomenon, does color exist in the physical world? If not, is it an illusion? Better answers grow out of the illusionist position.

Illusionism is often dismissed due to charges of denying the undeniable data of personal introspection. But the case for illusionism reveals the persistent incoherencies that arise when trying to pin down the alleged data, as well as when trying to account for experimental data indicating major mistakes in what we attribute to consciousness. The first part of the tutorial will address these issues.

Trying to explain why we say what we do about consciousness is one of the more important tasks for any theory of consciousness. Illusionists such as Nicholas Humphrey and Daniel Dennett have offered some of the more intriguing possible explanatory hypotheses for how we come to have the illusion of phenomenal consciousness. The second part of the tutorial will look at how such hypotheses can help move the scientific investigation of consciousness forward.

 

TUTORIAL 3: Quantifying metacognition: measures, models and theories 

Stephen FlemingUniversity College London, UK 

Metacognition describes the ability to reflect on and control our performance in various domains – “thinking about thinking”. Measurement of metacognition typically focuses on the correspondence between confidence and trial-­by-­trial accuracy. In general, for healthy subjects endowed with metacognitive sensitivity, when one is confident, one is more likely to be correct. Thus the degree of association between accuracy and confidence can be taken as a quantitative measure of metacognition. Many studies use a statistical correlation coefficient (e.g. Pearson's r) or its variant to assess this degree of association, but such measures are susceptible to undesirable influences from factors such as response biases and often conflate task performance with metacognitive ability. This tutorial is aimed both at researchers who are seeking a practical introduction to bias-­free methods for quantifying metacognition (e.g. meta-­d’) and experimentalists/theorists who are interested in how these measures connect to recent models of metacognition and awareness. No prior knowledge will be assumed. Part 1 will provide an overview of the topic, explore practical measurement techniques grounded in second-­order reports (e.g. confidence ratings, opt-­out designs), and introduce metacognitive measures based on signal detection theory and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis that are “bias free”. I will distinguish between the concepts of metacognitive bias, sensitivity and efficiency. Wherever possible, worked examples using MATLAB code will be provided, and interactive discussion will be encouraged. Part 2 will focus on theories and models of metacognition, in particular recent accounts of performance/confidence dissociations. I will explore the relationship between different facets of metacognition such as confidence and error monitoring, and review evidence on the domain-­generality/specificity of metacognitive processes. I will close by critically examine the relationship between metacognition and primary (e.g. sensory) consciousness.

 

TUTORIAL 4: The empirical study of altered states of consciousness: Common standards in the psychometric assessment of subjective experiences 

Timo Torsten SchmidtInstitute of Cognitive ScienceGermany 

The experimental induction of altered states of consciousness (ASCs) constitutes a unique research opportunity to relate changes in phenomenological states to underlying neuronal mechanisms. A variety of pharmacological as well as non-pharmacological methods, such as breathing techniques or sensory deprivation, can induce ASCs in humans. Subjective reports suggest that ASCs, even when induced by different methods, share certain aspects of experiences. To clarify if shared subjective experiences also share neuronal mechanisms, an accurate psychometric assessment of subjects’ experiences is necessary.

Multiple questionnaires have been developed based on qualitative reports and philosophical conceptualizations to quantify the phenomenology of ASCs. Here, I present an overview on available psychometric tools, their theoretical background, and validation. I will discuss the questionnaires which cover a broad range of different experiences in contrast to those that were designed to assess induction method specific effects, e.g., the effects typical to hallucinogens. Addressing a broad range of ASC experiences is required for the identification of common phenomenological structures of differently-induced ASCs. Based on their phenomenological scope and on how much they have been used in previous studies, I present recommendations for questionnaires to assess ASC phenomena in future neuroscientific experiments. Common standards for this rapidly extending body of research will foster comparability across different phenomenological states (‘phenomenological patterns’) and different studies. The comparison across studies represents an empirical framework to test how alterations in subjective experiences can be mapped onto brain functions and related to current theories on global brain function.


TUTORIAL 5: Intra-neuronal origins of consciousness – The ‘Orch OR’ theory 

Stuart Hameroff (The University of Arizona, US)

The nature of consciousness, the mechanism by which it occurs in the brain and its place in the universe are unknown. A common assumption is that consciousness emerges from complex computation among brain neurons whose states are likened to fundamental units of information, or ‘bits’. However this assumption generates neither testable predictions nor a logical rationale for why computation per se should result in consciousness. Accordingly, prominent neuroscientists and philosophers resort to ‘panpsychism’, the notion that experiential ‘qualia’ are features of the universe, that consciousness is, in some sense, an intrinsic component of reality, akin to mass, spin or charge. But reduction to panpsychism confronts quantum physics.

In the mid 1990s, Roger Penrose and I began to suggest that consciousness depends on quantum processes in microtubules inside brain neurons. Microtubules are cylindrical lattice polymers of the protein tubulin, the brain’s most prevalent protein, which self-assemble to form and shape neurons and regulate synaptic plasticity. We hypothesized that microtubules, e.g. mixed polarity microtubule networks within dendrites and soma of cortical layer 5 pyramidal cells, could act as quantum computers whose basic ‘bit-like’ units were states of individual tubulins. Such tubulin states depended on orientation of oscillating intra-tubulin pi resonance dipoles which could exist in quantum superposition of alternative possible orientations simultaneously, ‘quantum bits’, or ‘qubits’. Further, we suggested the quantum vibrations in dendritic-somatic microtubules could interact across scale, be ‘orchestrated’ by synaptic inputs, memory, and resonance, and regulate synaptic plasticity and axonal firings.

The continuous Schrodinger evolution of each such quantum superposition in collections of microtubules were proposed to terminate in accordance with the specific Diosi-Penrose (‘DP’) scheme of objective reduction (‘OR’) of the quantum state. ‘Orchestrated’ OR (‘Orch OR’) events were taken to result in moments of full conscious awareness and/or choice (akin to Whitehead ‘occasions of experience’), and sequences of such moments to give rise to our familiar ‘stream of consciousness’. The DP form of OR is related to the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and space-time geometry, so Orch OR suggests a connection between brain microtubules and basic structure of the universe.

 

Though skeptically criticized, Orch OR generates testable neurobiological predictions, many of which have been validated, and none refuted. It is consistent with, and may underlie, neural-level theories including Global Workspace, Predictive Coding, Integrated Information Theory and Higher Order Thought. Orch OR is a rigorous scientific theory suggesting orchestrated quantum vibrations in microtubules inside neurons are the ground floor of a recursive brain hierarchy, and that consciousness is more akin to music than to computation.

 

TUTORIAL 6:A primer on experimental hypnosis research 

Devin B. Terhune (University of LondonUK)

Vince Polito (Macquarie UniversityAustralia) 

Amanda J. Barnier (Macquarie UniversityAustralia)

The study of hypnosis can provide valuable information regarding the nature of consciousness. Investigating responses to hypnotic suggestions in highly suggestible individuals can yield numerous insights into agency, cognitive control, and conscious awareness. Hypnosis can also be used in an instrumental manner to systematically induce, disrupt, or otherwise alter a host of processes related to consciousness. In turn, hypnosis can aid us in investigating different phenomena that are otherwise difficult to experimentally manipulate in a laboratory setting. The central aim of this tutorial is to give a broad introduction to experimental hypnosis research. First, we will first provide a brief history of hypnosis and introduce the instruments and procedures used by hypnosis researchers. We will devote considerable time to the measurement of hypnotic suggestibility and discuss the developmental and genetic determinants of hypnotic suggestibility and assess evidence for its cognitive and personality correlates. Next, we will describe and weigh the evidence for different theories of hypnosis and review research bearing on the cognitive and neural basis of hypnotic responding. Finally, we will conclude by outlining the use of hypnosis as an experimental technique for studying consciousness and describe how it can be utilized to investigate different research questions. In particular, we will discuss the use of hypnosis in the study of agency, attention, awareness, memory, and perception. This tutorial will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of current knowledge of hypnosis.

 

TUTORIAL 7: Using Bayes factors to provide evidence for no effect 

Zoltan Dienes (University of Sussex, UK)

I ran Bayes tutorials at ASSC 17 in San Diego and ASSC 19 in Paris. I am proposing to run a very similar one again as Bayes becomes increasingly recognized as a necessary inferential technique (for example the Association for Psychological Science recently declared that results sections in any of their journals could be purely Bayesian with no significance testing). I will incorporate the latest thinking on the material (it is an area of rapid development).

The purpose of the tutorial is to present simple tools for asserting no effect (no conscious knowledge, no interaction, no correlation, etc). In particular, people will be taught how to apply Bayes Factors to draw meaningful inferences from non-significant data, using free easy-to-use on-line software: Software which allows one to determine whether there is strong evidence for the null and against one’s theory, or if the data are just insensitive, a distinction p_values cannot make. These tools have greater flexibility than power calculations and allow null results to be interpreted over a wider range of situations. Such tools should allow the publication of null results to become easier.

While the tools will be of interest to all scientists, they are especially relevant to researchers interested in the conscious/unconscious distinction, because inferring a mental state is unconscious often rests on affirming a null hypothesis. For example, for perception to be below an objective threshold, discrimination about stimulus properties must be at chance. Similarly, for perception to be below a subjective threshold by the zero correlation criterion, ability to discriminate one’s own accuracy must be at chance with a meta-d’ etc. To interpret a non-significant result, what is needed is a non-arbitrary specification of the distribution of discrimination abilities given conscious knowledge. Conventional statistics cannot solve this problem, but Bayes Factors provide an easy simple solution. The solution is vital for progress in the field, as so many conclusions of unconscious mental states rely on null results with no indication of whether the non-significant result is purely due to data insensitivity.

Note: The online software can be used by entering a handful of numbers (e.g. means and standard errors) so the audience can readily work through examples on their laptops, both examples I discuss and also new ones anyone wishes to bring up. I will provide constant examples throughout. Further, past delivery of the seminar (almost monthly over the world for the past several years) has resulted in much discussion, so I can confirm my style does invite audience participation. The topic naturally lends itself, as everyone will have relevant experience (by virtue of being a consumer of significance tests) and any user of statistics will find the material directly relevant, and thus have questions about how it applies to the specifics of their research. 

 

TUTORIAL 8: Deep Learning: Implementing Consciousness 

Antoine Pasquali (XCompass Ltd.Japan) 

68 years have passed since Hebb depicted the first neurological rule that would allow connectionist networks to learn associations between pairs of inputs and outputs. Since then bio-inspired models and algorithms haven’t stopped increasing both in efficacy and complexity, but major breakthroughs have remained scarce and research slow. Recently though, the field has seen a renewed interest with performance achievements at par or better on cognitive abilities that were so far considered unique to the human mind. Indeed, Deep Neural networks are quickly closing the gap to human-level performance in a whole flock of tasks: object classification, facial recognition, speech recognition, medical diagnosis, and even complex planning and decision making such as required by Go playing. Hence, perhaps a relevant question to ask ourselves right now is: How far are we from achieving “Machine Consciousness”? After an introduction to the field, I will clarify the underlying logic of connectionist networks so that they can be fully understood by everyone, independent of their background. I will then explain in detail how different models and methods work (wide panel including, among others, the Perceptron, the Forward/Inverse model, the Metacognitive network, and the Convolutional Neural network), and make an in-depth parallel with the cognitive mechanisms that they replicate. We will discuss the strengths and the weaknesses of these models, as well as the tasks they were designed for and can be further applied to. We will then enumerate together specific cognitive functions in relation to Consciousness and discuss the best methods to implement them. Finally, I will review the main deep learning libraries that are currently available online so that everyone can go back home with the right set of tools to apply deep learning in the context of their own research projects.

 

TUTORIAL 9: Computational and Theoretical Foundations of the Predictive Mind 

Ryota Kanai (Araya Brain Imaging, Japan)

Jakob Hohwy (Monash University, Australia) 

The free energy principle and predictive coding hypothesis suggest that the brain performs a statistical inference by making top-down predictions about the environment while constantly updating the estimate with bottom-up prediction errors. There has been a growing interest in the role of predictive processing among consciousness researchers as a possible unifying principle for brain functions associated with conscious experience. The core idea of predictive coding is that the brain learns generative models of the environment from statistical regularities, and uses them to form a hypothesis through perception and acts to test the hypothesis through action by minimizing prediction errors arising from the sensory inputs. This idea unifies perception and action as an integrated system and offers a general theoretical framework to account for learning, attention and intention. In this tutorial, we will introduce the free energy principle and predictive coding at a theoretical level in relation to consciousness. Then, we guide the audience through the mathematical formulations step-by-step in an accessible form. We will start from the basic ideas behind variational Bayesian inference and provide a starting point for those who are interested in learning the theory but find the original papers difficult to follow. In particular, we will make clear the dependency of knowledge across published papers so that new learners can study the relevant papers efficiently. Then, we will discuss current empirical results that have linked conscious perception to the predictive coding framework. Finally, we will discuss how free energy principle and predictive coding can be related to modern deep neural network architecture, and suggest possible implementations into neural networks. We will encourage questions and discussion during the tutorial to facilitate understanding, while providing supplemental online materials for those who wish to study the theories further. 

Note: We will make the tutorial interactive by encouraging questions at several points and by limiting the amount of material we will go through. While the concept of the free energy principle is simple, mathematical details are often rather difficult to tackle; we shall mainly go slowly over this material. We will have an interlude at the 1.20-2 hour mark where we will elicit suggestions and discussion from the audience about how to test the free energy principle empirically. We explicitly schedule 20 minutes for discussion at the end. Prior to the tutorial, we will build a webpage to provide the outline of the tutorial and a list of relevant papers to maximise audience’s gain of knowledge during the tutorial. 

 

TUTORIAL 10: Novel neuroimaging techniques for the non-invasive study of consciousness 

Lucas Parra (The City University of New York, US)

Jacobo Sitt (Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital, France) 

Enzo Tagliazucchi (Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Netherlands)  

Neuroimaging has consolidated its position as a powerful method for the detection of consciousness in healthy subjects and in unresponsive patients. The standard approach relies on the mass univariate correlations between neurophysiological signals (e.g. BOLD signal in fMRI, spectral power changes in EEG) and tasks or sensory stimulation. Alternatively, the synchronization of spontaneous signal fluctuations has been extensively explored as an index of functional coupling between brain regions

The application of these methods is limited in its capacity to reveal spatio-temporal evolving patterns of connectivity. Another important limitation is their univariate nature, imposing limits on the detection of higher order interactions in the data. Finally, traditional neuroimaging approaches are employed in the context of carefully designed experimental manipulations, but are generally less useful to interrogate the response to the natural stimuli comprising our everyday experience.

We will present a series of cutting-edge methods overcoming these limitations. These are particularly useful for the study of consciousness, since converging evidence suggests that consciousness can be associated to the spatio-temporal complexity of brain activity; in particular, to a large repertoire of dynamic brain states (i.e. differentiation) maintaining a sufficient degree of functional cohesion (i.e. integration). Conscious perception of natural stimuli remains a relatively open subject requiring novel algorithms that can study brain activity independently of well-defined external cues.

Lucas Parra will present algorithms allowing the detection of an attentional state based in inter-subject EEG synchronization to natural stimuli. Enzo Tagliazucchi will discuss the detection of complex patterns such as scale-free avalanches and spatio-temporal correlations in fMRI and M/EEG data, which have been linked to the level of conscious awareness. Finally, Jacobo Sitt will present a computational framework to infer the dynamic evolution of transient network states based on fMRI and M/EEG data, and their association with states of consciousness.

Note: We will not be limited to a theoretical exposition of the methods but will present, instead, live applications to sample data. In these parts of the tutorial the audience will be able to carefully follow the general procedure underlying the methods, understand possible pitfalls and develop an idea of how to apply the tools to their own data. To facilitate the replicability of the tutorial sessions, the sample data and algorithms can be provided to the audience upon request. In each Q&A session we will put the focus on three main points:

       The conditions under which the methods can be applied, including possible pitfalls and artifacts and how to avoid them.

       The interpretation of the results yielded by the methods in neurobiological terms and their usefulness to non-invasively investigate consciousness in humans (with emphasis on information that cannot be provided by classical approaches)

       Brainstorming on possible experimental setups and research questions that can benefit from the methods (with an emphasis on the own research questions of the audience).

ASSC 21 Preliminary Program

The 21st annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness

Date: June 13 - June 16

 Venue: Beijing International Convention Center - No. 8 Beichen Dong Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing

 

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Preliminary Program

The 21st annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness

Date: June 13-16, 2017

 

       Venue: Beijing International Convention Center - No. 8 Beichen Dong Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing

                                

ASSC 21 Symposia

                             

SYMPOSIUM 1  Conscious and unconscious processes in decision-making

 

Summary 

 

For many decades the study of decision-making has been a hot topic in psychology, cognitive neuroscience and philosophy. Specifically, signal-detection theory (SDT) and so-called sequential sampling models have proven to be powerful ways of describing the decision process. Recently, it has been suggested that the sense of ‘willing’ that arises prior to an action or even consciousness can be seen as ‘a decision to engage in a certain way’. Such a perspective implies that similar principles are underlying conscious vs. unconscious decision-making. In contrast, others have argued that unconscious and conscious decision processes emerge from different mechanisms in the brain.

In this symposium we will discuss how current advancements in the study of decision-making contribute to our understanding of consciousness and volition. Critically, decision-making is a complex process that engages multiple levels of description, each of which may involve both conscious and unconscious mechanisms. Therefore, we will shed light on the role and necessity of consciousness in decision-making from various cognitive neuroscientific angles. Here, we will discuss (1) brain mechanisms underlying objective and subjective freedom of choice in decision-making, (2) the influence of random fluctuations in the sensory context and in brain activity may on decision-making, (3) how wakefulness affects distinct processes of cognition of awareness and metacognition, (4) how manipulations of awareness of feedback influences our decision process, and (4) what kind of processes govern decision-making and the monitoring of our decision process.

To bring this debate to the surface “what is the role of conscious and unconscious processes in decision making”, we aim to integrate different aspects of perceptual consciousness, executive decisions, unconscious influences, wakefulness, free will and embodied cognition into a wide view of what makes us make up our minds. 

 

Chair: Martijn E. Wokke 

   

TALK 1: Entrainment of finger tapping to unperceived auditory regularities

Aaron Schurger, INSERM Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, Neurospin Research Center, CEA-Saclay 

 

TALK 2: Hazy decisions in the mist of consciousness: wakefulness differentially modulates conscious access and metacognition

Tristan Bekinschtein, Consciousness and Cognition Lab, Dep. of Psychology, University of Cambridge; Institute for Cognitive Neurology, Favaloro University 

   

TALK 3:  The impact of feedback awareness on reward-based learning and choice perseveration: computational and electrophysiological underpinnings 

Simon van Gaal, University of Amsterdam, Dept. of Psychology; Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior, Radboud University Nijmegen

 

TALK 4Influence of sensory noise on endogenous decisions and subjective freedom of choice 

Lucie Charles, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL 

 

TALK 5:  Differential information supports first- and second-order decisions

Martijn E. WokkeConsciousness, Cognition and Computation Group, Université Libre de Bruxelles 


  

 SYMPOSIUM 2  Timing perceptual awareness: empirical challenges

 

Summary

 

The last ten years have been marked by a growing consensus amongst theories of visual awareness. According to this view, conscious perception specifically depends on the recruitment of late and sustained recurrent processing shared across cortical areas. However, a series of recent empirical findings challenges this view, and paradoxically demonstrates that i) visual awareness can either be specifically associated with early (< 250 ms) or late neural responses (> 250 ms), and that ii) invisible stimuli can trigger long-lasting neural processes. To understand how these conflicting results fit under a common functional architecture, this symposium will review four independent lines of research focusing on temporally-resolved neuroimaging techniques (EEG, MEG and ECoG) and computational modelling. Each speaker will discuss how the differences in experimental protocols (threshold stimulation, backward masking, attentional blink, inattentional blindness and retrospective cueing, in different sensory modalities) may account for the observed differences in the locus and dynamics of conscious and unconscious processes, and suggest a series of precisions or revisions of theories of visual awareness. By modelling the dynamics of conscious and unconscious neural processes, the present symposium will draw the new challenges of visual awareness research.

 

Chair: Jean-Rémi King 

 

Talk 1:  Disentangling early sensory processing and conscious access when perception is reported and when it remains private

Claire Sergent, INSERM, ICM Research Center; Institut du Cerveau et de la Moëlle épinière

  

Talk 2: Discrete and continuous mechanisms of temporal selection in rapid visual streams

Sébastien Marti, Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, CEA DSV/I2BM, INSERM, Université Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, NeuroSpin center


Talk 3: Is there a fixed time for the Neural Correlate of Consciousness?  

Lucia Melloni, Department of Neurophysiology, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research; Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, New York University 

  

Talk 4: Brain mechanisms underlying the brief maintenance of seen and unseen sensory information

Jean-Rémi King, New York University; Frankfurt institute for Advanced Studies  

 

 

SYMPOSIUM 3  Creating consciousness on demand: how the imagination creates visual consciousness 

  

Summary 

 

Hallucinations, mental imagery, synaesthesia and many illusions can all create a wakeful conscious experience without a corresponding stimulus or sensory stimulation: an internal conscious experience. Historically research into such dimensions of consciousness has suffered criticism and lacked scientific traction due to the methodological constraints caused by the inherent private nature of such experiences. Accordingly, empirical consciousness research over the past 15 years has tended to focus on the inverse situation: neural stimulation and processing without consciousness awareness (Binocular rivalry, masking, continuous flash suppression).

However, recently objective research methods have been introduced that allow a more direct investigation into the mechanisms and neural substrates of consciousness without a direct external cause. Concurrently, developments in the field of machine learning have introduced powerful new concepts for constructing explicitly quantitative and empirically testable theories about the nature of such conscious experiences and their relationship to externally triggered perception. This allows the formulation of normative theories about the computational role of internally generated representations, and mechanistic theories about the generating process.

Here, four researchers will present new empirical and theoretical accounts of internal visual consciousness, (mental imagery) without a stimulus. First, Joel Pearson will talk about a mechanism that controls the sensory strength of mental imagery and how to measure and manipulate it. Second, Yasuyuki Kamitani will present exciting new results on ongoing efforts to decode mental imagery and dreams from human brain activity. Third, Roger Koenig-Robert will talk about new results decoding the content of visual thoughts before they are made. Finally, Thomas Naselaris will present an overview of recent results on mental imagery in the fMRI literature, and a new theoretical perspective on mental imagery from the vantage point of predictive coding theory.

Collectively, these talks will provide the audience with an up-to-date and multi-perspective overview of current research on consciousness without a stimulus, providing evidence for and insight into this rapidly emerging new dimension of consciousness research. 

 

Chairs: Joel Pearson and Thomas Nasalaris     

  

TALK 1:  Mind Control: Measuring and manipulating the strength of the visual imagery 

Joel Pearson, Department of Psychology, The University of New South Wales 

 

TALK 2: Brain decoding of perception, imagery, and dreaming

Yukiyasu Kamitani, Kyoto University and ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories 

 

TALK 3: Decoding the nonconscious dynamics of thought generation 

 Roger Koenig-Robert, Department of Psychology, The University of New South Wales 

 

TALK 4: A predictive coding account of visual mental imagery

Thomas Naselaris, Department of Neurosciences, Medical University of South Carolina 

  

   

SYMPOSIUM 4  Feelings of space? Somatosensory spatial perception and neurophenomenology of bodily awareness"  

 

 Summary

 

Somatosensation is a topic of resurgent interest within the scientific study of consciousness.  First, the neuroanatomical organization of the somatosensory system into different classes of receptors, afferent fibres, and cortical targets, offers a ready model for investigating concepts of sensory quality and modality. Second, several specific aspects of somatosensory experience offer important challenges for consciousness research. One of these is the puzzling nature of experience of somatosensory space, and this forms the focus of the present symposium. Somatosensory channels have poorer spatial acuity, and lower informational capacity than, say, the visual system.  As a result, experience of somatosensory locations and extents is often impoverished or absent – leading some to propose that somatosensation is not a spatial sense at all. Further, many somatosensory systems (though not all) yield a conscious experience only when the skin contacts an object. This gives sparse sampling of the external world compared to other senses. In this symposium, we debate these and other problems in understanding somatosensory consciousness.  Speakers from philosophy, psychology and neuroscience represent contrasting points of view on the experience of space though somatosensation.  Importantly, our speakers also cover a range of somatosensory modalities, including touch, pain and proprioception. We also have a range of career stages represented. We anticipate useful contrast between views focusing on afferent signals from the body, and views focusing on centrally-generated, multisensory phenomenologies of object perception. We see this symposium as putting somatosensory space back where it belongs on the scientific map of consciousness.

 

Chairs: Patrick Haggard and Francesca Fardo

 

Talk 1: Spatial encoding of the thermal-grill illusion of pain

Francesca Fardo, Danish Pain Research Centre, Aarhus University 

 

Talk 2: The spatial character of distal touch

Matthew Fulkerson, Department of Philosophy, UC San Diego

 

Talk 3: Skin-space: the receptor array as basis for spatial perception

Patrick Haggard, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London

 

Talk 4: Somatosensory fields and Perceptual Objects

Mike Martin, Department of Philosophy, University College London 

 


SYMPOSIUM 5  Interoceptive Inference: From Bodily Signals to Conscious Experience 

  

Summary 

 

The idea of bodily sensations contributing to cognition and consciousness is not new 1 and influential proposals linking interoception to conscious states have been gathering momentum now since early 2000s (e.g., 2, 3). It is only recently, however, that researchers have started to investigate the idea that the brain may perceive and regulate bodily states to the same inferential (Bayesian) principles that have been applied to exteroceptive modalities like vision and audition. The framework of “interoceptive inference” provides a natural link between subjective states relevant to conscious selfhood and physiological signals from the body. Since its initial proposal 4, this field has seen a surge in conceptual developments [see 5-12 for a sample; also see a special issue in Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 13]. Nevertheless, there is still a lack of concrete theoretical predictions and empirical tests relevant to conscious perception and selfhood. 

  

This symposium will address these challenges with four closely linked interdisciplinary talks covering both theoretical and empirical approaches, encompassing computational neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, clinical application, and philosophy. First, Seth will introduce and update the theoretical framework of interoceptive inference, explaining how it is related to selfhood, emotion, and perception, with a new emphasis on allostatic control. Second, Petzschner will present experiments that provide the first evidence for interoceptive prediction errors with respect to heartbeats, using a combination of EEG, behavior and computational modelling. Third, Pezzulo will present the connections between an "interoceptive schema" and a "body schema”, their relevance for adaptive action, and their neural correlates. Next, Gu will present an application of the interoceptive inference framework to subjective states in clinical populations such as drug craving. Lastly, the audience will have the opportunity to exchange thoughts with the speakers. By end of this symposium, we hope to gain new insights into the relevance of interoceptive inference to consciousness science, and more important, to galvanize the conference’s interest in this rapidly emerging topic. 

 

Chairs:  Xiaosi Gu  and  Anil K. Seth 
  

Talk 1: Being a beast machine 

Anil K. Seth, Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, University of Sussex  

  

Talk 2: Predictive Coding of Heartbeats 

Frederike Petzschner, Translational Neuromodeling Unit, ETH & University of Zurich 

  

Talk 3: In search of an "interoceptive schema": an active inference perspective 

Giovanni Pezzulo, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies National Research Council   

  

Talk 4: A Bayesian Observer Model of Drug Craving 

Xiaosi Gu, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences & Computational Psychiatry Unit, The University of Texas at Dallas 

ASSC 21

THE 21st ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ASSC WILL BE HELD IN BEIJING, CHINA, JUNE 13th-16th, 2017

 

Venue: Beijing International Convention Center - No. 8 Beichen Dong Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing

 

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LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Sheng He (chair)

Xiaolan Fu (co-chair)

Qiufang Fu (co-chair)

Fang Fang

Yi Jiang

Wu Li

Xun Liu

Peng Zhang

Secretaries: Nan Guo, Linan Shi, Xin Zhou


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

  • Catherine Tallon-Baudry (Ecole Normale Superieure, France)
  • David Leopold (National Institute of Mental Health, USA)
  • Adrian Owen (The Brain and Mind Institute, Western University, Canada)
  • Mu-Ming Poo (Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Joelle Proust (Ecole Normale Superieure, France)
  • Rufin VanRullen (Universite Paul Sabatier, France)

 

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Sheng He (Chair, China), Yi Jiang (Co-chair, China), Olivia Carter (Australia), Axel Cleeremans (Belgium), Zoltan Dienes (UK), Paula Droege (USA), Steve Fleming (UK), Ryota Kanai (UK), Thomas K. Metzinger (Germany), Anil Seth (UK), Catherine Tallon-Baudry (France), Frank Tong (USA), Peter U. Tse (USA), Brigitte Röder (Germany), Michał Wierzchoń (Poland)

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Thank you for completing the registration form. Please make a payment to complete the registration process:

Student Member
1 Year$35
2 Years$60

 

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Neuroscience of Consciousness

We are delighted to announce Neuroscience of Consciousness, published by Oxford University Press, as the official journal of ASSC.

Neuroscience of Consciousness is an open access journal for a dynamic, inter-disciplinary community of researchers interested in the neuroscience of consciousness. It covers neuroscience, psychology and philosophy, offers high quality and constructive peer review and rapid decision and publication times.

ASSC members are eligible for a 20% discount on Article Processing charges and a 25% discount on books from Oxford University Press.

ASSC After Party

ASSC After Party

 

Friday, July 10th, 7:30pm onwards


Les Caractères, 25 Rue des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris

about 10 minutes walk from the ASSC venue





Meet up with the ASSC participants for one last drink in the typically ‘Quartier Latin’-ish cellar of the bar Les Caractères.


The bar will be fully booked for the ASSC participants (capacity : 200 persons).


Drinks and planches will be available :

 

  • glass of wine : 3-5€

  • pint of beer : 5-7€ (3-5€ until 8:00pm)

  • cheese and charcuterie for 2 persons : 10€

Poor Man's Pique-nique

 

 

 

Thursday, July 9th, 7:00pm onwards


Pont des Arts

about 10 minutes walk from the ASSC venue





For those who cannot make it to the Gala Dinner…

Let’s act like genuine Parisians, and have cheese & wine on the lovely Pont des Arts !


Please note that this is an informal gathering.

Everyone is kindly invited to bring their own food and drinks, a list of supermarkets will be provided.

 

Alternatively, a list of affordable bars and restaurants in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district will be provided.

ASSC Student Social

ASSC Student Social

 

 

Wednesday, July 8th, 8:00pm onwards


L’Autobus Impérial, 14 Rue Mondétour, 75001 Paris

Metro Etienne Marcel

15 minutes from the ASSC venue with metro 4





Cocktail party with finger food and drinks offered by the ASSC, for both the students and the non-students.

Classical French bistrot upstairs, club downstairs.

 


Career Panel

 

 

Thursday, July 9th, 12:30am - 1:30pm


ASSC venue, 45 rue des Saints-Pères, 75006 Paris





Two young researchers & an entrepreneur will briefly present their early career path, followed by a Question & Answer session.

 

Sandwiches will be offered by the ASSC.

 

  • Sarah Garfinkel
    PhD (cognitive psychology) : University of Sussex, UK
    Postdoc : University of Michigan, USA
    Research Fellow : Brighton & Sussex Medical School / University of Sussex, UK

 

  • Tristan Bekinschtein
    PhD (neuroscience) : University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Postdoc : Inserm-CEA cognitive neuroimaging unit, Paris, France
    Research Fellow : University of Cambridge, UK

 

  • Claire Sergent
    PhD (neuroscience) : Inserm-CEA cognitive neuroimaging unit (unit cog), Orsay, France
    Postdoc : University College London, UK
    Postdoc : ICM (Institut du cerveau et de la Moelle Epinière), Paris, France
    Assistant Professor : Université Paris Descartes, France
  •  

Local information

 

 

1) TRAVEL TO AND FROM THE AIRPORTS 

Public transport:

Orly Airport (ORY) is located 14 kilometres sout-east of Paris. Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) is located 27 kilometers north-east of the capital. A wide range of public transport options are available to travel to and from the airports.

Find the best way to travel between Paris and Orly Airport or Roissy charles de Gaulle Airport here: 

-http://www.ratp.fr/en/ratp/r_61596/access-to-airports/ 

-http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/en/passengers/access

 

Taxis:

Paris-Charles De Gaulle by taxi: http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/en/passengers/access/paris-charles-de-gaulle/taxi/paris-cdg-taxi

Paris-Orly by taxi: http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/en/passengers/access/paris-orly/taxi/taxi

 

Car rental:

Car rental at Paris-Orly and Paris Charles-De-Gaulle: http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/en/passengers/access/car-rental

 

2) PARIS TRANSPORTATION

 

Paris public transportation:

- Tickets: http://www.ratp.fr/en/ratp/r_61584/tickets/

- How to use the Paris Public Transportation:

A simple guide to the rules of the Paris metro and RER: http://www.ratp.fr/en/upload/docs/application/pdf/2014-10/mode_emploi_t.pdf 

- Maps: http://www.ratp.fr/en/ratp/c_20559/consultez-l-ensemble-des-plans/

Metro: http://www.ratp.fr/informer/pdf/orienter/f_plan.php?fm=pdf&loc=reseaux&nompdf=metro

 

Taxis:

- Taxis G7:

Book a taxi: +33 (0) 1 41 27 66 99
Book on line: http://www.taxisg7.com/?tg7=h06cnluu8evrs1vcgv13b8ldb1

- Les Taxis Bleus: 

Reservation: +33 (0) 1 49 36 10 10
https://www.taxis-bleus.com/accueil/index.php

- Alpha Taxis:

Reservation: + 33 (0) 1 45 85 85 85
http://www.alphataxis.fr

- Wecab: Paris Taxi Airport

https://www.wecab.com/en

 

Car rental:

AVIS: http://www.avis.fr/Locationvoiture/Europe/France/Paris

Hertz: https://www.hertz.fr/p/location-de-voiture/france/paris/?hertzid=27673&gclid=CjwKEAiAmaanBRCIt4364e2d6yUSJAA9VXTUCeqvvifVyHN_uGX95M2gDxj0ZV-QablBhacHESPjdhoCINbw_wcB

Europcar: https://www.europcar.fr/agences/france/paris

 

3) LOCAL INFORMATION 

Paris tourist office: http://en.parisinfo.com

Paris.fr: http://www.paris.fr/english

Mentor lunch

 

Wednesday, July 8th, 12:30am - 2:00pm


Venue : CROUS Mabillon, 3 Rue Mabillon, 75006 Paris. About 10 minutes walk from the ASSC venue





The Mentor Lunch is an opportunity for students to have career advice and discuss particular research questions with their chosen mentor, in groups of up to four students.

A catered lunch will be offered by the ASSC.

 

Mentors :

  • Marisa Carrasco

  • Chris Frith

  • Alison Gopnik

  • Sharon Thompson-Schill

  • Giandomenico Iannetti

  • Hal Blumenfeld

  • Olaf Blanke

  • Tyler Burge

  • Tim Bayne

  • Uriah Kriegel


Registration before May 31st - mariagiovannacorrado@gmail.com

 

How to get there?

Crous Mabillon is about 10 minutes walk from the conference center

mentor lunch walk

ASSC After Party

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ASSC Social

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Welcome reception

 

More information coming soon

 

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