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ASSC 18 - Program

                                    ------ ASSC 18 Final Program ------

 

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PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS: The Hard Problem of Consciousness: 300 Years on.

David Chalmers

Australian National University and New York University


KEYNOTE 1: Binocular Rivalry and Visual Awareness

Sheng He

University of Minnesota, USA and Chinese Academy of Sciences 

 

KEYNOTE 2: Are Consciousness and Attention Dissociable? 

Jesse Prinz  

City University of New York, USA 

 

KEYNOTE 3: The Neurophysiology of the Unconscious Brain under General Anesthesia. 

Emery Brown

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA 

 

KEYNOTE 4: Spatial awareness and its disorders

Melanie Wilke

University Medical Centre Goettingen, Germany 

 

SPECIAL TALK 1: Through a Glass Darkly: Inferring the Palaeolithic Mind

Jack Pettigrew

University of Queensland, Australia

 

SPECIAL TALK 2: Understanding Consciousness: from the lab to the clinic.

Stanislas Dahaene

INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, Collège de France

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SYMPOSIUM 1: Consciousness Across The Species: The adaptive Value of Pain

AEB Auditorum - Thursday 16:00

Chair: Adam Shriver 

Talk 1. Victoria Braithwaite (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"Do fish feel pain"

Talk 2. Dan Weary (The University of British Columbia, Canada)
“Experimental design and strength of inferences regarding affect during loss of consciousness”

Talk 3. David Edelman (Bennington College, USA)
“Identifying nociception and the experience of pain in the octopus”

Talk 4. Paula Droege (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
“In defense of function 

 

 

SYMPOSIUM 2: Quantifying Consciousness: Theoretical and clinical implications   

AEB Auditorum - Friday 10:30

Chair: Jacobo Sitt and Aaron Schurger 

Talk 1. Aaron Schurger (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
"Stability as a signature of neuronal adequacy for subjective report"

Talk 2. Marcello Massimini (The University of Milan, Italy)
“Towards an objective index of the level of consciousness”

Talk 3. Jacobo Sitt (L'Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière, France)
“Insights and applications from contrasting conscious states”

Talk 4. Anil Seth (University of Sussex, UK)
“Quantitative measures of conscious level: prospects and perils”

 

 

SYMPOSIUM 3: Unconscious perception: Does it exist, and what should we require from evidence? 

AEB Auditorum - Saturday 10:30

Chair: David Carmel and Axel Cleeremans 

Talk 1. David Carmel (University of Edinburgh, UK)
"Unconscious perception is not a single thing"

Talk 2. Joel Pearson (The University of New South Wales, Australia)
“Using unconscious information for sensory and bistable decisions”

Talk 3. Zoltan Dienes (University of Sussex, UK)
“Improving on the null hypothesis: Bayesian objective and subjective thresholds”

Talk 4. Axel Cleeremans (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
“The mind’s sea serpent”

 

 

SYMPOSIUM 4: Consciousness in sleep: what it is like, what can it tell us, and how it can be measured

AEB Auditorum - Saturday 15:30

Chair: Chiara Cirelli

Talk 1. Chiara Cirelli (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Neurophysiology of sleep"

Talk 2. Francesca Siclari (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
“Assessing sleep consciousness within subjects using a serial awakening paradigm and high-density EEG 

Talk 3. Michael Czisch (Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Germany)
“Sleep, dreams and consciousness: A neuroimaging perspective”

Talk 4. Thomas Metzinger/Jennifer Windt (Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany; Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany)
“Dreaming, consciousness and the self: Spatiotemporal self- location and minimal phenomenal selfhood”

 

 

---------  Concurrent Session 1 - Morning Thursday 17th 10:30  ----------

Stream A: Neural Signatures and Models of Consciousness

VENUE: Steele, rm 206

Patterns of event-related potentials reflect fast unconscious semantic analyses of how images relate to subjective connotations of time 

Stefan Bode [1], Daniel Bennett [1,2], Jutta Stahl [3], Carsten Murawski [2]

[1] Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010, Australia, [2] Department of Finance, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010, Australia, [3] Department of Psychology, University of Cologne, 50969 Cologne, Germany


 

Spectral phase and power predict stimulus category, but only power predicts visual awareness in intracranial EEG in humans 

Jochem van Kempen [1,2], Hiroto Kawasaki [3], Christopher K. Kovach [3], Hiroyuki Oya [3], Matthew A. Howard [3], Ralph Adolphs [4], Naotsugu Tsuchiya [2]

[1] University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, [2] Monash University, Australia, [3] University of Iowa, IA, USA, [4] California Institute of Technology, CA, USA.

 

Resource allocation during the attentional blink: an MEG study using machine learning 

Sebastien Marti [1,2], King JR [1,2], Dehaene S [1,2,3].

[1] INSERM, U992, Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, F-91191 Gif/Yvette, France, [2] CEA, DSV/I2BM, NeuroSpin Center, F-91191 Gif/Yvette, France, [3] Collège de France, F-75005 Paris, France

 

Conscious, but not unconscious, across-trial conflict resolution is associated with theta-band oscillatory neural modulations in dorsolateral prefrontal cortex  

Simon van Gaal [1,2] Jun Jiang [1,3] Qinglin Zhang [3]

[1] University of Amsterdam, Department of Psychology, Amsterdam, the Netherlands [2] Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior, Nijmegen, the Netherlands [3] Key laboratory of cognition and personality (Ministry of Education), and Faculty of psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing, China

 

Spectral signatures of brain networks in disorders of consciousness 

Srivas Chennu [1,2], Paola Finoia [1,2], Evelyn Kamau [1], Judith Allanson [3], Guy B. Williams [4], Martin M. Monti [5], David K. Menon [6], John D. Pickard [1], Adrian M. Owen [7], Tristan A. Bekinschtein [2]

[1] Division of Neurosurgery, University of Cambridge, Box 167, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK [2] Medical Research Council, Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, 15 Chaucer Road, Cambridge CB2 7EF, UK [3] Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Box 120, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK [4] Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre, University of Cambridge, Box 65, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK [5] Department of Psychology, University of California at Los Angeles, 1285 Franz Hall, Box 951563, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563, USA [6] Division of Anaesthesia, University of Cambridge, Box 93, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 2QQ, UK [7] The Brain and Mind Institute, Room 225, Natural Sciences Centre, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario N6A 5B7, Canada

 

“Aboutness” revisited: The implications for, and applicability of, relativizing the content-specificity of qualia in neuroscience 

Yasuko Kitano [1]

[1] Department of History and Philosophy of Science, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo Japan

 

Stream B: Perception and Attention

VENUE: Steele, rm 309

The influence of stimulus visibility in priming depends on the type of masking 

Uwe Mattler [1] Martina Wernicke [1]

Georg August Universität Göttingen Georg Elias Müller Institute for Psychology Department Experimental Psychology Gossler Strasse 14 37073 Göttingen

 

A model of acquired perceptual warping 

Guy Wallis [1]

[1] Centre for Sensorimotor Performance School of Human Movement Studies University of Queensland QLD 4072 Australia

 

Shape perception simultaneously up- and down-regulates neural activity in the primary visual cortex 

Peter Kok [1], Floris P. de Lange [1]

[1] Radboud University Nijmegen, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Netherlands

 

Neural correlates of subjective awareness for natural scene categorization of color photographs and line-drawings 

Qiufang Fu [1], Yongjin Liu [2], Zoltan Dienes [3], Jianhui Wu [1], Wenfeng Chen [1], Xiaolan Fu [1]

[1] State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Science, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China [2] Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology, Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, China [3] Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science and School of Psychology, University of Sussex, BN1 9QH, Brighton, United Kingdom

 

Predicting visual consciousness from brain activity: Roles for noise and adaptation

Robert P. O’Shea [1,2], Urte Roeber [1,2,3], Ming Alexander Heathershaw Jones [1], Emma-Lee Durrant [1], Michael L. Hawes [1]

[1] Discipline of Psychology, School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour, Australia, [2] BioCog, Institute for Psychology, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, [3] Discipline of Biomedical Science, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

 

Attention and consciousness may operate though different gain functions 

Jeroen J.A. van Boxtel [1]

[1] School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash

 

Stream C: Body, Self and Agency

VENUE: Steele, rm 329

Self-Touching Illusion and Bodily Self-Consciousness 

Caleb Liang [1,2], Si-Yan Chang [1], Wen-Yeo Chen [2], Hsu-Chia Huang [3], Yen-Tung Lee [4]

[1] Department of Philosophy, National Taiwan University, Taiwan [2] Graduate Institute of Brain and Mind Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taiwan [3] Institute of Fisheries Science, National Taiwan University, Taiwan [4] Department of Psychology, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

 

Process, Consciousness, and Self 

Karen Yan [1]

[1] Institute of Philosophy of Mind and Cognition, National Yang-Ming University

 

Audience Effect as Evidence for Mirror Self-Recognition in Chickens 

Alexis Garland [1], Inga Tiemann [2], Mareike Fellmin [2], Onur Güntürkün [1]

[1] Ruhr University Bochum, [2] Bruno-Dürigen Institute

 

Altered experiences of control in expertise, schizophrenia and hypnosis: Measuring and understanding changes to the sense of agency 

Vince Polito [1]

[1] Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

 

Experimentally induced changes in Bodily Self Consciousness affect semantic processing 

Elisa Canzoneri [1], Giuseppe di Pellegrino [2,3], Olaf Blanke [1], Andrea Serino [1]

[1] Center for Neuroprosthetics, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, [2] Centre for Studies and Research in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Bologna,Cesena, Italy, [3] Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

 

Intentional Binding with a Robotic Hand - To what extent is agency modulated by embodiment? 

Emilie Caspar [1], Patrick Haggard [2], & Axel Cleeremans [1]

[1] Consciousness, Cognition and Computation Group (CO3), Centre de Recherche Neurosciences & Cognition (CRCN), ULB Neuroscience Institute (UNI), Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) [2] Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience & Dept. Psychology, University College London (UCL)

 

 

---------- Concurrent Session 2 – Afternoon Thursday 17th 13:30 --------------

 

Stream A: Anaesthesia, Sleep and Seizures 

VENUE: Steele, rm 206

Brain networks dynamics before sedation predict subsequent loss of consciousness  

Srivas Chennu [1,4], Stuart O’ Connor[2], Ram Adapa[3], David Menon[3] and Tristan Bekinschtein [4]

[1] Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom [2] Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, United Kindgom [3] Division of Anaesthesia, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom [4] MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, United Kingdom

 

Breakdowns in parietal network functional connectivity reflect agent-invariant network changes underlying anaesthetic-induced reductions in consciousness 

Levin Kuhlmann [1], Will Woods [1], John Cormack [2], Sarah Kondogiannis [2], Jamie Sleigh [3], David T.J. Liley [1]

[1] Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre, Swinburne University of Technology, [2] Department of Anaesthesiology, St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, [3] Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Auckland

 

Disruption of hierarchical auditory predictive coding during sleep 

Melanie [1,2], Jacobo Sitt [1,2,3], Jean-Remi King [1,2,3], Maxime Elbaz [4], Leila Azizi-Rogeau [1,2], Marco Buiatti [1,2], Virginie Van Wassenhove [1,2], Stanislas Dehaene [1,2,5,6].

[1] Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, U992, F-91191 Gif/Yvette, France , [2] NeuroSpin Center, Institute of BioImaging, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, F-91191 Gif/Yvette, France, [3] Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière Research Center, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, U975 Paris, France, [4] Centre du sommeil et de la vigilance, Hôpital de l’Hôtel Dieu, F-75004 Paris, France, [5] Université Paris 11, Orsay, France, [6] Collège de France, F-75005 Paris, France.

 

Consciousness during Sleep: what happens to it? Its relevance to Insomnia?

Leon C. Lack [1,2], Jeremy Mercer [2]

[1] School of Psychology, Flinders University, South Australia, [2] Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, Daw Park, South Australia

 

Inducing task-relevant responses in the sleeping brain 

Sid Kouider [1], Thomas Andrillon [1], Louise Goupil [1, 2], Leonardo S. Barbosa [1], Tristan A. Bekinschtein [2], [1] Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, CNRS/EHESS/DEC-.-ENS, Paris, France, [2] Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Medical Research Council, Cambridge, UK.

[1] Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, CNRS/EHESS/DEC-.-ENS, Paris, France [2] Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Medical Research Council, Cambridge, UK.

 

Mechanism of impaired consciousness in childhood absence seizures 

Hal Blumenfeld [1,2,3], Jennifer Guo [1], Robert Kim [1], Stephen Jhun[1], Wendy Xiao[1], Erin Feeney[1], Xiaoxiao Bai[1], Michiro Negishi[4], Hetal Mistry[1], Michael Crowley[5], Linda Mayes[5], and R. Todd Constable[4]

[1] Dept of Neurology, Yale University., New Haven, CT [2] Dept of Neurobiology, Yale University., New Haven, CT [3] Dept of Neurosurgery, Yale University., New Haven, CT [4] Dept of Diagnostic Radiology, Yale University., New Haven, CT [5] Child Study Center, Yale University., New Haven, CT

 


Stream B: Predictive Processes 

VENUE: Steele, rm 309

Expect surprises 

Anya Farennikova [1]

[1] Centre for Consciousness, Australian National University

 

Consciousness in the Predictive Mind 

Jakob Hohwy [1]

[1] Department of Philosophy, Monash University

 

Hierarchical Temporal Intentionality 

John Thornton [1]

[1] Institute of Integrated and Intelligent Systems and School of Humanities, Griffith University

 

Predictive Perception of Sensorimotor Contingencies: Explaining perceptual presence and its absence in synaesthesia 

Anil Seth [1]

Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science School of Engineering and Informatics University of Sussex Brighton BN1 9QJ UK

 

Task demands modulate the effects of perceptual expectations in early visual cortex 

Elexa St. John-Saaltink [1], Christian Utzerath [1], Peter Kok [1], Hakwan Lau [1,2], Floris P. de Lange[1]

[1] Radboud University Nijmegen, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, [2] Columbia University, Department of Psychology, New York, New York, USA

 

Mechanisms of deviance detection are affected by visual consciousness 

Bradley N. Jack [1], Urte Roeber [1,2,3], and Robert P. O’Shea [1,2]

[1] Discipline of Psychology, School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour, Australia [2] Institute for Psychology, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany [3] Discipline of Biomedical Science, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia


Stream C: Time Perception and Temporal Processing 

 

VENUE: Steele, rm 329

Hierarchical processing in the infant brain: a late response might signal conscious access in three-month-old infants 

Ghislaine Dehaene-Lambertz [1], A. Basirat [1] and S. Dehaene [1]

[1] INSERM, U992, Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, F-91191 Gif/Yvette, France

 

 

On the modulation of interoception: Insights from the use of food deprivation in healthy females and cognitive-behavioral therapy in anorexia nervosa. 

Olga Pollatos [1] Sarah Weiss [1]

[1] Health Psychology, Institute of Psychology, University of Ulm, Germany

 

Experimental Evidence That Illusory Percepts Are The Basis Of The Flow Of Time 

Ronald Gruber [1], Michael Bach [2], Richard Block [3]

[1] Stanford University Medical Center, [2] University of Freiburg, [3] Montana State University

 

New evidence for the differences in time perception during foveal and parafoveal vision 

Eve A. Isham [1], Kevin Le [1], Aimee Lynch [1], Steven J. Luck [1], William Prinzmetal [2], Joy J. Geng [1]

[1] University of California, Davis [2] University of California, Berkeley

 

Altered Time Perception in Patients with Bipolar Disorder  

Francesco Giorlando [1,2], Shikha Markanday [2], Andrew J. Anderson [3], Roger H. S. Carpenter [4], Michael Berk [1,2,5,6,7]

[1] Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia, [2] Barwon Health and the Geelong Clinic, Swanston Centre, Geelong, Victoria, Australia, [3] Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia, [4] Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, Cambridge University, Cambridge UK, [5] IMPACT Strategic Research Centre, School of Medicine, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia, [6] Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, Centre for Youth Mental Health, Parkville, Victoria, Australia, [7] The Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

 

Modulating temporal recalibration with degraded visual awareness 

Regan M. Gallagher[1], Kielan Yarrow[2], Derek H. Arnold[1]

[1] University of Queensland, [2] City College London,

 

 

---------  Concurrent Session 3 – Afternoon Saturday 19th 13:15  --------------

Stream A: Action and Behaviour 

VENUE: Steele, rm 206

(Almost) twenty years of pictorial illusions, perception, and action 

Melvyn Alan Goodale [1]

[1] The Brain and Mind Institute, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario N6A 5B7, Canada

 

The evolutionary function of conscious information processing is revealed by its task-dependency in olfaction 

Andreas Keller [1]

[1] Philosophy Program, Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4309, USA

 

Seeing through action: Implicit action cost constrains the perceptual decision making 

Nobuhiro Hagura [1], Patrick Haggard[1], Jörn Diedrichsen[1]

[1] Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, Alexandra House, 17 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AR, United Kingdom

 

Does a fly know when it is in control? 

Leonie Kirszenblat[1], Angelique Paulk[1], Yanqiong Zhou[1] and Bruno van Swinderen[1]

[1] Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia

 

Egocentric representation and the two-visual systems hypothesis 

Robert Foley [1]

[1] The Rotman Institute and The Brain and Mind Institute, Department of Philosophy, Western University.

 

The Impact of Prior Expectations on Subliminal Behavioral and Electrophysiological Responses 

Leonardo S. Barbosa [1], Romain Grandchamp [1], Sid Kouider [1]

[1] Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, EHESS/CNRS/ENS-DEC, 75005 Paris, France.

 

 

Stream B: Metacognition and Clinical Studies of Awareness 

VENUE: Steele, rm 309

Trust your feelings, Luke! Metacognitive awareness guides the selection of low-conflict contexts in the absence of prime awareness 

Kobe Desender [1], Filip Van Opstal [2], Eva Van den Bussche [1]

[1] Free University Brussels, Belgium, [2] Ghent University, Belgium

 

The influence of visual identification on perceptual awareness ratings 

Michal Wierzchon [1], Marta Siedlecka [1], Boryslaw Paulewicz [2]

[1] Consciousness Lab, Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, [2] Warsaw School of Social Science and Humanities, Faculty in Katowice, Poland

 

Oscillatory mechanisms related to (pre-)reflective decision-making 

Martijn E. Wokke [1,2], K. Richard Ridderinkhof [1,2]

[1] Amsterdam Brain & Cognition, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands [2] Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

Selective impairment in perceptual metacognition following anterior prefrontal lesions 

Stephen M. Fleming [1,2], Jihye Ryu [1,3], John G. Golfinos [4], Karen E. Blackmon [5]

[1] Center for Neural Science, New York University, [2] Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, [3] Department of Psychology, City University of New York, [4] Department of Neurosurgery, New York University School of Medicine, [5] Department of Neurology, New York University School of Medicine

 

EEG responses to stimuli of personal relevance in healthy controls and disorder of consciousness patients

Manuel Schabus [1,2], Renata del Giudice [1], Julia Lechinger [1], Malgorzata Wislowska [1], Dominik P.J. Heib [1], Kerstin Hoedlmoser [1,2] 

[1] University of Salzburg, Department of Psychology, Laboratory for Sleep, Cognition and Consciousness Research, Hellbrunnerstrasse 34, Salzburg (AUSTRIA), [2] Center for Cognitive Neuroscience Salzburg (CCNS) (AUSTRIA)

 

The use of pupil dilation to communicate with locked-in syndrome patients 

Olivia Carter [1], Josef Stoll [2], Camille Chatelle [3], Christof Koch [4], Steven Laureys [3] and Wolfgang Einhauser [2, 5]

[1] Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia
, [2] Neurophysics, Philips-University, Germany
, [3] Coma Science Group, University and University Hospital of Liege, Belgium [4] Allen Institute for Brain Science, USA
 [5] Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University, Germany

 

Stream C: Subliminal Processing 

VENUE: Steele, rm 262

Cross cultural difference in unconscious process in implicit learning 

Lulu Wan [1], Zoltan Dienes [2]

[1] Research School of Psychology, Australian National University, Australia, [2] University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

 

Unconscious Salience Accelerates Conscious Access 

Ryan B. Scott [1,3], Anil K. Seth [2,3]

[1] School of Psychology, University of Sussex, [2] Department of Informatics, University of Sussex, [3] Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, University of Sussex

 

A window of subliminal perception 

Kristian Sandberg [1,2] Bo Martin Bibby [3] Simon Hviid Del Pin [1,4] Morten Overgaard [1,4]

[1] Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit, Aarhus University [2] Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London [3] Department of Biostatistics, Aarhus University [4] CNRU, Dept. of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University

 

Measuring Intuition: Unconscious Emotional Information Boosts Decision-Making Accuracy and Confidence 

Galang Lufityanto [1], Christopher Donkin [1], and Joel Pearson [1]

[1] School of Psychology, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, 2030, Australia

 

Don't make me angry: Manipulating volitional choices to act or inhibit by subliminal emotional faces 

Jim Parkinson [1,4], Sarah N Garfinkel [3,4], Zoltan Dienes [1,4], Anil K Seth [2,4]

[1] School of Psychology University of Sussex, [2] Department of Informatics University of Sussex, [3] Brighton and Sussex Medical School, [4] Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science University of Sussex

 

Attending to the Unseen: The Effects of Spatial Attention on Neural Responses to Visible and Invisible Stimuli 

Cooper Smout [1,2], Jason Mattingley [1,2]

[1] Queensland Brain Institute, [2] The University of Queensland

 


-------------------  Poster Session - Friday 18th of July  (final program) ---------------------

 

Philosophy Assorted 

1. Limitations to theories of the mind imposed by bandwidth and irreversibility 

Richard Davies Gill

 

2. "Neurocomplementarity" - A possible basis for our dualistic intuitions? 

Johan Frederik Storm [1]

[1] Department of Physiology, IMB, University of Oslo

 

3. What is the contribution of conscious reflection to reliabilist justification?

Susannah Kate Devitt [1]

[1] Queensland University of Technology

 

4. The Great Mind Shift: Three Scenarios 

Marcus T Anthony [1,2]

[1] Swinburne University of Technology, [2] MindFutures

 

5. On the evolution of conscious attention 

Harry Haroutioun Haladjian [1], Carlos Montemayor [2]

[1] School of Social Sciences and Psychology, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia, [2] Department of Philosophy, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

6. The Mood-Emotion Loop 

Muk-Yan Wong [1]

[1] Hang Seng Management College

 

7. Phenomenal Properties as Nonconceptual Representations: A Defense from Autism 

Chieh-Ling (Katherine) Cheng [1], Karen Yan [1]

[1] Institute of Philosophy of Mind and Cognition, National Yang Ming University, Taiwan

 

8. The Non-trivial Subject Unity 

Ting-An Lin [1], Allen Y. Houng [1]

[1] National Yang-Ming University

 

Philosophical and Neuroscientific Theories of Consciousness 

9. The Extended Machinery of Consciousness 

Maria Giovanna Corrado [1]

[1] Cardiff University

 

10. The Negative Neural Correlate of Consciousness 

Marian Schneider [1, 2], Ingo Marquardt [1,3]

[1] Maastricht University, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Cognitive Neuroscience [2] University College London, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging [3] University of Oxford, Oxford University's Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain

 

11. A Unified Model of Conscious and Unconscious processes 

Kaelasha Tyler [1], David Liley [1]

[1] Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre, Swinburne University of Technology, PO Box 218, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122, Australia

 

12. Natural dualism gives a molecular solution to the mind-body problem for psychiatry

Niall McLaren [1]

[1] Northern Psychiatric Services Brisbane, Australia.

 

13. Inferential processing abnormalities in depression, and the antidepressant mechanisms of non-ordinary states

Paul Liknaitzky [1]

[1] School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne

 

14. Strange choice - approximate answer in dissociative disorder evaluated by a forced-choice test. 

Akihiro Koreki [1], Takaki Maeda [1], Keisuke Takahata [2], Tsukasa Okimura [1], Sho Moriguchi [1], Taro Muramatsu [1], Masaru Mimura [1], Motoichiro Kato [1]

[1]Department of Neuropsychiatry, Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. [2]Molecular Imaging Center, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Chiba, Japan.

 

 

15. Mental causation in the course of neurorehabilitation: an argument for subjective agency? 

Patrick Grüneberg [1]

[1] Artificial Intelligence Laboratory/Center for Cybernics Research, University of Tsukuba, Japan

 

16. Standing Wave Theory of Consciousness: A self-organizing neural reaction-diffusion model of (un)conscious neural dynamics 

Selen Atasoy[1], Isaac Donnelly[1,2], Joel Pearson[1]

[1] School of Psychology, University of New South Wales [2] School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New South Wales

 

17. The neuro-integrative account of consciousness

Lukasz Kurowski [1]

[1] York University

 

Coma, Anaesthesia, Sleep and Seizures 

18. What is ‘unconsciousness’ in a fly or worm? Unpacking general anaesthesia endpoints in model organisms

Oressia Zalucki [1], Bruno van Swinderen [1]

[1] Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane QLD 4072, Australia

 

19. Neural signatures of sleep in the fly brain

Melvyn Yap [1], Bart van Alphen [1,2], Paul Shaw [3], Bruno van Swinderen [1]

[1] Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, [2] Department of Neurobiology and Physiology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA, [3] Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University, St Louis, MO, USA

 

20. Induced gamma-band activity signals awareness of change in a bistable percept during wakefulness but changes dynamics with sleep onset. 

Andrés Canales-Johnson [1,2], Daniela Cabezas [2], Carolina Silva [2], Francisco Olivares [2], Roberto García [2], Arturo Pérez [2], Álvaro A. Rivera-Rei [2], Valdas Noreika [1], Robert P. Carlyon [1], Tristan A. Bekinschtein [1]

[1] MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, United Kingdom. [2] Laboratory of Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, Faculty of Psychology, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile

 

21. Electroencephalogram approximate entropy influenced by both age and sleep 

Gerick Lee [1, 2], Sara Fattinger [2], Anne-Laure Mouthon [2], Quentin Noirhomme [3], Reto Huber [1]

[1] Institute of Neuroinformatics, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, [2] University Children's Hospital Zurich, Zurich Switzerland, [3] Coma Science Group, Neurology Department, Cyclotron Research Centre, University Hospital of Liège, University of Liège, Liège Belgium

 

22. Sleepy? Doing it worst without noticing: decrease in performance but not confidence in decision-making while falling asleep 

Stanimira Georgieva [1,2], Tristan Bekinschtein [1].

[1] MRC - Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK [2] Universiteit van Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

23. Left-handedness protects healthy participants from neglect-like effects induced at sleep onset. 

Corinne A. Bareham [1], Tristan A. Bekinschtein [1], Sophie K. Scott [2] and Tom Manly [1]

[1] MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, 15 Chaucer Road, Cambridge, CB2 7EF, United Kingdom, [2] Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL, London, United Kingdom

 

24. Neurophysiological markers of sensory-motor expectations in human sleep 

Thomas Andrillon [1,2], Sid Kouider [3]

[1] Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, UMR8554, Département d'Etudes Cognitives, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France, [2] Ecole Doctorale Cerveau Cognition Comportement, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

 

25. Meditation as a countermeasure for attention deficits and sleepiness following acute sleep restriction

Mark Kohler [1], Maarten Immink M [2], Mallory Rawlings [1], April Kaeding [1].

[1] Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia; [2] School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.

 

26. Mismatch Negativity in Disorders of Consciousness 

Bochra Zareini [1], Martin J. Dietz [4], Mads Jensen [1], Michael Nygaard Petersen [1], Jørgen Feldbæk [2], Carsten Koch-Jensen [3], Morten Overgaard [1]

[1] Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit, Aarhus University Hospital [2] Hammel Neurocenter [3] Neurosurgical Department Aarhus University Hospital [4] Center for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus University Hospital

 

27. Using semantic eyeblink conditioning as an index of conscious function and abstract rule processing in patients with disorders of consciousness 

Moos Peeters [1] , Karalyn Patterson [1,2], Mariano Sigman [3], Adrian M. Owen [4], Srivas Chennu [2], Paola Finoia [5], Evelyn Kamau [2], Tristan A. Bekinschtein [1]

[1] MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK [2] University of Cambridge, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Herchel Smith Building for Brain and Mind Sciences, Robinson Way, Cambridge [3] Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience, Physics Department, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina. [4] Brain and Mind Institute, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, N6A 5B7, Canada. [5] Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosciences, University of Cambridge

 

Neural Signatures of Consciousness 

28. Balancing integration and segregation in brain dynamics. 

Peter Stratton [1,2], Janet Wiles [3]

[1] Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia, [2] The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, Queensland, Australia, [3] School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia.

 

29. Direct electrical stimulation of the human default-network core produces no subjective change in consciousness 

Brett L. Foster [1,2], Josef Parvizi [1,2]

[1] Stanford Human Intracranial Cognitive Electrophysiology Program, [2] Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, School of Medicine, Stanford University

 

30. Could the worms have it? 

Timothy Durbridge [1]

[1] Greenhill Research

 

31. A dissociation of conceptualization processes from consciousness processes 

Lau Møller Andersen [1] Morten Overgaard [1,2]

[1] Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark, [2] Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit, Hammel Neurorehabilitation and Research Center, MindLab, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Aarhus

 

32. Predicting detection performance based on pre-stimulus EEG responses 

Mana Fujiwara [1,3], Riccarda Peters [1,3], Roger Koenig [1], Naotsugu Tsuchiya [1,2]

[1] School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, [2] Decoding and Controlling Brain Information, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, [3] Equal contribution

 

33. Initial EEG phase predicts the timing of perceptual switches in continuous flash suppression.

Bryan Paton [1,2,3], Jakob Hohwy [2], Gary Egan [1,3], Naotsugu Tsuchiya [1]

[1] School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, [2] Monash Philosophy & Cognition Lab, Monash University, [3] Monash Biomedical Imaging, Monash University.

 

34. Informational Structure of Perceptual Experiences

Andrew M. Haun[1], Fabiano Baroni[1], Jochem van Kempen[1], Hiroto Kawasaki[2], Christopher K. Kovach[2], Hiroyuki Oya[2], Matthew A. Howard[2], Ralph Adolphs[3], Naotsugu Tsuchiya[1,4]

[1] Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, [2] University of Iowa, USA, [3] California Institute of Technology, USA, [4] Japan Science and Technology, Japan

 

35. Activity in the auditory cortex and the subject’s awareness

Junpei Nishi [1], Ken Mogi [2], Yoshi Tamori [3]

[1] Graduate Program in Bioscience and Applied Chemistry, KIT, [2] Sony CSL, [3] HISL, KIT

 

36. Stimulus-evoked neural activity and intrinsic variations in visual awareness: An EEG/fMRI study

Joshua J. LaRocque [1], Jason Samaha [2], Olivia Gosseries [3], Giulio Tononi [3] and Bradley R. Postle [2,3]

[1] University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical Scientist Training Program and Neuroscience Training Program, [2] University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Psychology, [3] University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry

 

37. Intracranial Markers of Conscious Face Perception in Humans

Fabiano Baroni [1,2], Jochem van Kempen [1,3], Hiroto Kawasaki [4], Christopher K. Kovach [4], Hiroyuki Oya [4], Matthew A. Howard [4], Ralph Adolphs [5], Naotsugu Tsuchiya [1]

[1] Monash University, Australia, [2] University of Melbourne, Australia, [3] University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, [4] University of Iowa, IA, USA, [5] California Institute of Technology, CA, USA.

 

Attention and Perception 

38. Unconscious Gestalt completion affects what we are aware of during Motion Induced Blindness 

Cameron T Ellis [1], Anthony J Lambert [1], Paul M Corballis [1]

[1] Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland, New Zealand

 

39. Cues triggering recovery from mind wandering 

Taisuke Morita [1], Masato Kawasaki [2]

[1] Tokyo University of Science, [2] Teikyo University of Science

 

40. Some distraction increases conscious awareness 

Kristen Pammer [1] Rosy Allen [1], Hannah Korrel [1,2], Vanessa Beanland [1]

[1] The Australian National University [2] Melbourne University

 

41. Examination of vague experiences during Kanizsa based illusions 

Simon Hviid Del Pin [1], Kristian Sandberg [1,2], Morten Overgaard [1,3]

[1] Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit, Aarhus University [2] Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London [3] Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Dept. of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University

 

42. Graphemes sharing phonetic properties tend to induce similar synesthetic colors.  

Mi-Jeong Kang [1], Ye-Seul Kim [1], Ji-young Shin [2], Chai-Youn Kim [1]

[1] Department of Psychology, Korea University, [2] Department of Korean Language and Literature, Korea University

 

43. Localizing category-selective BOLD signals in fMRI using SWIFT  

Koenig-Robert R [1], VanRullen R [2,3] and Tsuchiya N [1]

[1] School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, [2] Centre de recherche cerveau et cognition (CerCo), UMR5549, CNRS, [3] Université Paul Sabatier, CHU Purpan, Toulouse, France

 

44. SSVEP is modulated by dynamical change of object recognition state

Kazuki Azuma [1], Tetsuto Minami [2], Shigeki Nakauchi [1]

[1] Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology, [2] Electronics-Inspired Interdisciplinary Research Institute, Toyohashi University of Technology

 

45. The Effect of Temporal Attention on Neural Oscillations, Discrimination Accuracy, and Subjective Visibility

Jason Samaha [1], Sawyer Cimaroli [1], Bradley R. Postle [1,2]

[1] University of Wisconsin - Madison, Department of Psychology, [2] University of Wisconsin - Madison, Department of Psychiatry

 

46. A Multi-factor Experimental Study on the Attention-orienting Triggered by Visual Subliminal Spatial Cue 

Liao Dongsheng [1], Zhang Jingxuan [1], Han Limin [1], Yang Fang [1], Xiong Xinglin [1]

[1] College of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of Defense Technology

 

47. Extraction of the covert divided attention by steady-state visual evoked potential

Takahiro Shinkai [1], Tetsuto Minami [1], Shigeki Nakauchi [1]

[1] Toyohashi University of technology

 

48. By How Long does Visual Perception Lag the Physical World? 

Mark Chappell [1]

[1] Applied Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit, Brain and Behavioural Health Centre, Griffith Institute of Health, and School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Australia.

 

49. The Role of Monocular Dominance in Rivalry Onset Bias 

Jody Stanley [1], Jason Forte [1], Alexander Maier [2], Olivia Carter [1]

[1] Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia, [2] Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN USA

 

50. The suppressive effects of phantom colour on conscious perception

Shuai Chang [1], Joel Pearson [1]

[1] School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

 

51. Visual field asymmetries in conscious identification  

Irina M. Harris [1], Cara Wong [1]

[1] School of Psychology, University of Sydney. 

 

52. Do you see what I see? Personality and perceptual suppression 

Anna Antinori [1], Olivia Carter [1], Luke Smillie [1].

[1] Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Melbourne.

 

53. The self through time: A neuroscientific investigation using twins 

David Butler [1], Jason Mattingley [1,2], Ross Cunnington [1,2], Thomas Suddendorf [1]

[1] School of Psychology, University of Queensland, [2] Queensland Brain Institute

 

54. Intertwined coding of facial affects and odor hedonics 

Wei Chen [1], Kepu Chen [1], Wen Zhou [1]

[1] Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

 

55. A functional MRI study on thought suppression

Takashi Kiyonaka [1], Toshihiko Aso [1], Takaaki Aoki [2], Michiyo Inagawa [2], Hidenao Fukuyama [1], Kazuo Nishimura [2]

[1] Human Brain Research Center, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, [2] Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University 

 

Memory 

56. Attentional blink-like effect in working memory 

Zbigniew Stettner [1], Jarosław Orzechowski [1], Krzysztof T. Piotrowski [1]

[1] Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

 

57. The awareness of information in working memory: Time delay and confidence assesment.  

Krzysztof T. Piotrowski [1], Zbigniew Stettner [1], Jaroslaw Orzechowski [1]

[1] Jagielonian University, Institute of Psychology

 

58. Availability and consciousness of working memory content in serial recognition.

Jarosław Orzechowski [1], Krzysztof Piotrowski [1], Zbigniew Stettner [1]

[1] Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland

 

59. Modeling access to working memory as a self-evaluation and decision process 

Catherine Wacongne [1, 2, 3, 4], Jean-Pierre Changeux [5], Stanislas Dehaene [1, 2, 3, 4]

[1] INSERM, U992, Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, F-91191 Gif/Yvette, France, [2] CEA, DSV/I2BM, NeuroSpin Center, F-91191 Gif/Yvette, France , [3] University Paris 11, Orsay, France, [4 Collège de France, F-75005 Paris, France , [5] Pasteur Institute, CNRS URA 2182, F75015, Paris, France

 

60. Processing of words related to a previously solved problem. Cognitive response to problem-relatedness depends on working memory capacity 

Marek Kowalczyk [1]

[1] Adam Mickiewicz University, Institute of Psychology, Poznań, Poland

 

61. How Much Do We Consciously See And Remember Across Of Fixations During A Search Task? 

Kaunitz LN [1], Rowe EG [1], Tsuchiya N [1,2].

 [1] School of Psychology and Psychiatry; Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences; Monash University, [2] Decoding and Controlling Brain Information, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

 

62. Vividness of memory and post-coding events. 

Ayako Onzo [1], Ken Mogi [2]

[1] Kinjo Gakuin University, [2] Sony Computer Science Laboratory

 

63. Recollection of episodic memory with feeing of nostalgia: Autonoetic consciousness of remembering

Jun Kawaguchi [1], Megumi Senda [1]

[1] Department of Psychology, Nagoya University, Japan

 

 

Metacognition and Decision Processes 

64. Lucid dreaming, introspection and awareness of mind-wandering: behavioural and brain bases

Elisa Filevich [1], Timothy Brick [1] & Simone Kühn [1]

[1] Max Planck Institute for Human Development

 

65. Comparing subjective measures of awareness: implications for methodology and the nature of visual experience. 

Bert Windey [1,2,3], Axel Cleeremans [1,2,3]

[1] ULB Neuroscience Institute (UNI), Université Libre de Bruxelles, Building C / Campus Erasme CP 602, 808, Route de Lennik, 1070 Bruxelles, Belgium. [2] Center for Research in Cognition and Neurosciences (CRCN), Université Libre de Bruxelles, CP 191, Avenue F.-D. Roosevelt, 50, 1050, Bruxelles, Belgium. [3] Consciousness, Cognition and Computation Group, Université Libre de Bruxelles, CP 191, Avenue F.-D. Roosevelt, 50, 1050, Bruxelles, Belgium.

 

66. Confidence Measurement in the Light of Signal Detection Theory 

Sebastien Massoni [1], Thibault Gajdos [2], Jean-Christophe Vergnaud [3]

[1] Queensland University of Technology, [2] Aix-Marseille University, [3] University of Paris

 

67. Overflow as a strategy for the reduction of redundancy. 

Ken Mogi [1]

[1] Sony Computer Science Laboratories

 

68. Fluency and difficulties in an “aha” experience

Tetsuo Ishikawa [1,3], Mayumi Toshima [2], Viktors Garkavijs [2], Ken Mogi [3]

[1] Tokyo Institute of Technology, [2] Graduate University for Advanced Studies, [3] Sony Computer Science Laboratories

 

69. Self-Awareness mediates Executive Functions and Conceptual Change Processes 

Dimitris Pnevmatikos [1], Stella Vosniadou [2], Nikos Makris [3], Giorgos Kyrianakis [1], Kalliopi Eikospentaki [2], Anna Chountala [2], Despoina Lepenioti [2]

[1] University of Western Macedonia, Greece, [2] National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, [3] Democritus University of Thrace, Greece

 

70. The evolution of metarepresentation: Preschool children, but not chimpanzees, spontaneously prepare for alternative future event outcomes 

[1] School of Psychology, University of Queensland

Jonathan Redshaw [1], Thomas Suddendorf [1]

 

Predictive Processes

71. The effect of expectations on visual processing reverses as stimulus presentation time increases  

Auréliane Pajani [1], Sid Kouider [1]

[1] Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives & Psycholinguistique, Ecole Normale Supérieure - CNRS, 29 rue d’Ulm, 75005, Paris, France

 

72. Is perceptual presence perceptual? From a predictive coding point of view. 

Ryoji Sato [1]

[1] Monash University

 

73. Subliminal enhancement of predictive effects during syntactic processing in the left inferior frontal gyrus: An MEG study

Kazuki Iijima [1,2,3,4], Kuniyoshi L. Sakaia [1,3]

[1]Department of Basic Science, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan [2]Brain Science Institute, Tamagawa University, Machida-shi, Tokyo, Japan [3]CREST, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Goban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan [4]Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Ichiban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

  

 Subliminal Processes

74. Rapid natural scene categorization of line drawings is less influenced by amplitude spectra: Evidence from a subliminal perception study 

Wenfeng Chen [1], Jing Liang [1], Yongjin Liu [2], Qiufang Fu [1], Xiaolan Fu [1]

[1] State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Science, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, [2] Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology, Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, China

 

75. Learning Human Faces Without Awareness

Felipe Pegado [1], Bart Boets [2,3], Hans Op de Beeck [1]

[1] Laboratory of Biological Psychology, KU Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium, [2] Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, KU Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium, [3] Parenting and Special Education Research Unit, KU Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium.

 

76. Unconscious decisional learning: improving unconscious information processing

Alexandra Vlassova [1], Joel Pearson [1]

[1] University of New South Wales

 

77. Conscious Reflection of Unconscious Contingency Learning 

Li Wang [1], Qian Xu [1], Yi Jiang [1]

[1] State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Science, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

 

79. A trial of Unconscious Hypermnesia at 1 week intervals 

Mitsuko Hayashi [1]

[1] Hokkaido University of Education, Hakodate

 

80. Visuo-tactile interplay in conscious and unconscious numerosity encoding 

Nathan Faivre [1,2], Roy Salomon [1,2], Laurène Vuillaume [1,2] & Olaf Blanke [1,2,3]

[1] Center for Neuroprosthetics, School of Life Sciences, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, [2] Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, Brain Mind Institute, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, [3] Department of Neurology, University Hospital, Geneva 1211, Switzerland

 

81. The perception of subliminal facial expressions in individuals with high and low autistic traits: An event-related potential study

Svjetlana Vukusic [1], David Crewther [1], Joseph Ciorciari [1], Jordy Kaufman [1]

[1] Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia

 

82. Unconscious Priming of Power by Words of Height-related Objects and Its Underlying Neural Mechanism

Li Zheng[1], Lin Li[1], Xiuyan Guo [2,3], Zoltan Dienes[4]

[1]School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, [2] Shanghai Key Laboratory of Magnetic Resonance and School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, [3] Key Laboratory of Brain Functional Genomics, Ministry of Education, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Brain Functional Genomics, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, [4] Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science and School of Psychology, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

 

Self, Agency and Action 

83. Dominance of the administrating hand in proprioceptive drifts of self-touch illusion is not applicable when hands are crossed 

Kenri Kodaka [1], Yuki Ishihara [1]

[1] Graduate School of Design and Architecture, Nagoya City University

 

84. The dorsal visual processing stream is critical for resolving biomechanical dilemmas in the selection of hand postures.

Philippe A. Chouinard [1,2,*], Daniel K. Wood [2,3,4,*], Alex J. Major [2], and Melvyn A. Goodale [2]. 

[1] School of Psychological Science, La Trobe University, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. [2] The Brain and Mind Institute and the Department of Psychology, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. [3] Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA. [4] Department of Neurobiology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA. [*] Both authors contributed equally to this work.

 

85. The “lingering alpha effect”: Baseline alpha-band spectral power differences correlate with susceptibility to the rubber hand illusion 

Timothy Lane [1,2,3], Su-Ling Yeh [4,5,6], Jifan Zhou [4], Ting-Yi Lin [1,4], Chia-Hsin Kuo [1, 4], Cheng-Yun Teng [1, 4]

[1] Graduate Institute of Medical Humanities, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan, [2] Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, [3] Research Center for Mind, Brain, and Learning, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, [4] Department of Psychology, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, [5] Graduate Institute of Brain and Mind Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, [6] Neurobiology and Cognitive Neuroscience Center, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

 

86. The Sense of Agency during Verbal Action 

Hannah Limerick [1], David Coyle [1], James W Moore [2,3]

[1] Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol, UK, [2] Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, [3] School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol, UK.

 

87. Action awareness shapes motor memory consolidation

Arnaud Boutin [1], Herbert Heuer [1], & Arnaud Badets [2]

[1] IfADo - Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors, Dortmund, Germany, [2] Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition et l'Apprentissage, CNRS - UMR 7295, Poitiers, France

 

88. Dissociating perception from action during conscious and unconscious conflict adaptation 

Anne Atas [1], Kobe Desender [2], Wim Gevers [1] & Axel Cleeremans [1]

[1] Center for Research in Cognition and Neurosciences (CRCN), Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), [2] Department of Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

 

89. Positive bias in agency judgment

Tomohisa Asai [1]

[1] NTT Communication Science Laboratories

 

90. Voluntary Action and Time Perception 

Matti Vuorre [1], Janet Metcalfe [1]

[1] Columbia University

 

91. Distortions in the perceived time of actions and their effects as a marker of disturbed sense of agency

Mark J. Yates [1], Yann Chye [1]

[1] Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne 

 

92. Abnormal Imagined Walking in High-Schizotypal Individuals

Naohide Yamamoto [1], Lucinda V. Rohde [1], Saliha Qadir [1]

[1] Department of Psychology, Cleveland State University

 

93. Neural responses to heartbeats dissociate the self as the subject and the self as the object during spontaneous thoughts

Mariana Babo-Rebelo [1], Craig Richter [1], Catherine Tallon-Baudry [1]

[1] Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (INSERM) - Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS), 29 Rue d'Ulm, Paris, France

 

 

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  • TUTORIAL 1 - Andreas Keller: "Olfactory Consciousness"
  • SOLD OUT   TUTORIAL 2 - Joel Pearson: "Seeing what's not there and measuring it: Conscious perception without a stimulus"
  • CLOSED      TUTORIAL 3 - Colin Hales: CANCELLED
  • TUTORIAL 4 - Claude Touzet: "Theory of Neuronal Cognition and Consciousness"
  •  CONFERENCE DINNER - Dinner will be a relaxed feast amongst native Australian Animals at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  •  CONFERENCE DINNER (Add Additional Seat) - Partner Attending
  • SOLD OUT   POST-CONFERENCE SATTELITE EVENT - Byron Bay Panpsychism workshop

STEP 3: PRESS "Register & Pay" TO PROCEED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSC 18 - Registration - UQ Students - Early

STEP 1: PROVIDE ATTENDEE & PAYMENT DETAILS

  • FULL NAME (to appear on Name Badge): *
  • UQ STUDENT NUMBER: *
  • EMAIL (uq student email): *
  • CONTACT PHONE: *

STEP 2: SELECT ITEMS

       1 UQ STUDENT TICKET TO THE MAIN CONFERENCE $75 (automatically included)

  • MORNING SHORT COURSE - "Integrated Information Theory Of Consciousness"
  • TUTORIAL 1 - Andreas Keller: "Olfactory Consciousness"
  • SOLD OUT   TUTORIAL 2 - Joel Pearson: "Seeing what's not there and measuring it: Conscious perception without a stimulus"
  • CLOSED      TUTORIAL 3 - Colin Hales: CANCELLED
  • TUTORIAL 4 - Claude Touzet: "Theory of Neuronal Cognition and Consciousness"
  •  CONFERENCE DINNER - Dinner will be a relaxed feast amongst native Australian Animals at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  •  CONFERENCE DINNER (Add Additional Seat) - Partner Attending

STEP 3: PRESS "Register & Pay" TO PROCEED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSC 18 - Registration - NonMember - Early

STEP 1: PROVIDE ATTENDEE & PAYMENT DETAILS

  • FULL NAME (to appear on Name Badge): *
  • PRIMARY AFFILIATION (to appear on Name Badge): *
  • EMAIL (For Receipt): *
  • CONTACT PHONE: *

STEP 2: SELECT ITEMS

       1 ASSC NON-MEMBER TICKET TO THE MAIN CONFERENCE $450 (automatically included)

  • MORNING SHORT COURSE - "Integrated Information Theory Of Consciousness"
  • TUTORIAL 1 - Andreas Keller: "Olfactory Consciousness"
  • SOLD OUT   TUTORIAL 2 - Joel Pearson: "Seeing what's not there and measuring it: Conscious perception without a stimulus"
  • CLOSED      TUTORIAL 3 - Colin Hales: CANCELLED
  • TUTORIAL 4 - Claude Touzet: "Theory of Neuronal Cognition and Consciousness"
  •  CONFERENCE DINNER - Dinner will be a relaxed feast amongst native Australian Animals at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  •  CONFERENCE DINNER (Add Additional Seat) - Partner Attending

STEP 3: PRESS "Register & Pay" TO PROCEED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consciousness - here, there, everywhere? The prospects for panpsychism

Sunday 20th and Monday 21st of July 2014

Venue: The Byron at Byron Bay http://www.thebyronatbyron.com.au/   Byron Bay is 90min south of Brisbane (View Google Map)

Organizers: Chair - Naotsugu Tsuchiya (Monash University), Bruno van Swinderen (U of Queensland), Olivia Carter (U of Melbourne)

Registration: $200  -  SOLD OUT

Contact: for questions about this event please contact Naotsugu Tsuchiya

Confirmed speakers:
  • David Chalmers (philosophy, ANU, NYU)
  • Monica Gagliano (evolutionary biology, U of Western Australia)
  • Yasuo Kuniyoshi (robotics, U of Tokyo)
  • Larisa Albantakis (neuroscience, U of Wisconsin)
  • Mandyam Srinivasan (neuroscience, U of Queensland)
  • Giulio Tononi (neuroscience, U of Wisconsin)

 

Main theme: Panpsychism is a meta-theoretical framework, which assumes consciousness is a fundamental aspect of the universe. There are many variants of panpsychism, but all admit that organisms, large or small, and even inorganic materials, can be conscious to variable degrees, with consciousness of higher organisms being more sophisticated and complex than that of lower organisms. Common to all panpsychist approaches is the strong belief that "consciousness cannot emerge from nothing". By contrast, emergentist views posit that "some" special condition is required to ensure that some "biological" organisms come to possess consciousness. The emergence view has been popular since the last century, mainly due to the success of physical science in other domains. However, emergence as radical as consciousness is unprecendented in any field of science, and the special conditions that would be necessary for the emergence of consciousness remain unspecified.

 

Objectives: In this workshop, we will re-consider panpsychism – long neglected –- from historical, philosophical, and neuroscientific viewpoints. As a neuroscientific approach that shares some essential intuitions with panpsychism, we will examine the Integrated Information Theory of consciousness. In so doing, we will revisit many fundamental questions that can potentially be addressed with a rigorous theoretical approach and empirical investigations. The main questions we will discuss are the following:

  1. Can one conceive of "continuity" of consciousness from conception to death, across evolution, across species from humans, mice, flies, worms, to unicellular organisms, and across inorganic systems, like robots and Internet? 
  2. What is the "unit" of consciousness? If panpsychism is true, can any cell in my body be conscious at the same time as I am conscious thanks to my brain (micro-panpsychism problem). Can a society that includes myself also be conscious (macro-panpsychism problem)? Integrated information theory avoids this "combination problem" by supposing only "local maxima" matters. But why would it be that only local maxima matter? Are there other principled explanations?
  3. How does the current neuroscientific study of 'non-conscious processing' challenge panpsychism? Alternatively, what can panpsychism offer for interpreting 'non-conscious processing'?  Is it possible that the level of consciousness of lower animals or in inorganic objects is similar (or even lower) to that of non-conscious processing in us?
  4. If there is consciousness in other animals, what "kind" of experience or qualia do they experience? Can a quantitative theory be developed that can predict not only the quantity but also the quality of experience in other animals?
  5. Is it possible to empirically test any panpsychistic claim? Could we test for the presence of consciousness in lower animals, in robots or within the Internet? And what would a test be like?


To restrict the scope of the discussions, we will consider "consciousness" as raw experience.  Thus we will deliberately not discuss the role of self-consciousness, the requirement for language, and embodiment.


References:

 

Accommodation Details

The conference will be held at The Byron at Byron Bay http://www.thebyronatbyron.com.au/ Rooms at this spectacular venue cost $300/night but can be shared by two people.

Note: For alternative accommodation options visit the Byron Bay accommodation website http://www.byron-bay.com/accommodation

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ASSC 18 Dinner

 

 

   

The conference dinner for ASSC18 will be held on Friday 18th July at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (http://www.koala.net/). This will be a uniquely Australian experience alllowing you to interact with a variety of native Australian animals in a beautiful location .. including have your photo taken with a koala!!

Each conference ticket AU $100 will include

1. An Australian BBQ dinner
2. Access to most of the Koala Sanctuary
3. A night-time guided tour and animal encounters
4. A koala cuddle and professional photo
5. Transportation to and from the Koala Sanctuary (by boat or bus .. see below)

Transportation will be by bus (around 20 minutes from the University). However, THE FIRST 100 DINNER TICKETS sold will have the unique opportunity of enjoying a river cruise from the University to the Koala Sanctuary, along the Brisbane river (about 1 hour), passing a large colony of fruit bats along the way.

To register [Click Here]


                          The boat will take people to the dinner ... as limited space is available seats will go to the first 100 tickets sold

ASSC 18 Tutorials

                                                                            Wednesday July 16, 2014   

Morning Short-Course: Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness

  • Giulio Tononi (University of Wisconsin, USA)
  • Christof Koch (Allen Institute for Brain Science)
  • Naotsugu Tsuchiya (Monash University, Australia)
  • Masafumi Oizumi (Riken Brain Science Institute, Japan)
  • Larissa Albantakis (University of Wisconsin, USA)

Integrated information theory of consciousness (IIT) has recently attracted attention among consciousness researchers. The tutorial at ASSC17 was sold out, and many have asked for an in-depth presentation of the theory and its implications. We propose to: i) introduce the basic notions of IIT to a broad audience without requiring a mathematical background, and provide hands-on examples in which integrated information can be computed rigorously; ii) introduce measures of integrated information that can be applied to empirical data and discuss how they can be applied to evaluate the level of consciousness in wake, sleep, anesthesia, and disorders of consciousness; iii) discuss the problem of assessing the presence of consciousness in animals and machines, and how IIT can provide a principled approach; iv) demonstrate how integrated information grows in animals adapting to a complex environment, thereby shedding light on the evolution of consciousness; v) consider the explanatory, predictive, and inferential power of IIT; and vi) consider potential problems and future developments.

 

This event is sponsored by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function

 

                                      ---------------------- Tutorials ----------------------

TUTORIAL 1: “Olfactory Consciousness.”

  • Andreas Keller (The Rockerfeller University, USA)

The word "visual" appears 222 times in last year's ASSC Conference program book. The world "olfactory" appears only once. This is unfortunate because the olfactory system is much simpler and more primitive than the visual system, yet it is perfectly capable of processing information consciously. In many other fields of biology, studying simple model systems has been spectacularly successful in increasing our understanding of basic processes. There is no reason to believe that this would be any different in consciousness researchers. The goal of my proposed tutorial is to introduce consciousness researchers to olfaction as a simple, evolutionary conserved, and well-understood model system for consciousness research. I will point out some facts about visual consciousness that are often assumed to be true for all perceptual cosnciousness, although they depend on special adaptations in the visual system. I will also discuss several attempts to falsify or confirm theories of consciousness in the olfactory system. I am currently co-editing a Research Topic "Olfactory Consciousness across Disciplines" for Frontiers in Consciousness Research and some of the material presented will be based on the 15 contributions to this collection. 

 

SOLD OUT! - TUTORIAL 2: “Seeing what's not there and measuring it: Conscious perception without a stimulus."

  • Joel Pearson  (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Hallucinations, mental imagery, synaesthesia and many illusions can all create a wakeful conscious experience without a corresponding stimulus or sensory stimulation. Historically research into such dimensions of conscious experience 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 has tended to focus on the inverse situation: neural stimulation 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 conscious experience that lacks a direct external cause. This tutorial will offer researchers at all levels an overview of pertinent methodological and conceptual issues and will cover:

  1. The range of new and old research and relevant methods.
  2. The theory behind these methods.
  3. Some practical hands on experience.
  4. The capabilities, limitations and implications of using such methods.
  5. How these methods can be used for applied research in clinical and non- clinical settings.

Together, these new methods can expand empirical consciousness research by investigating conscious experience when stimulation has been removed. Questions and interactive discussion will be emphasized

 

TUTORIAL 3: Cancelled

  • Colin Hales (The University of Melbourne, Australia)

 

 

TUTORIAL 4: “Theory of Neuronal Cognition and Consciousness."

  • Claude Touzet  (Aix-Marseille University, France)

Formalized in 2010, the Theory of neuronal Cognition and Consciousness (TnCC) departs from all existing materialist theories of mind by claiming that our brain does not process information, but only represents information. The logical implication is that we are only a crystallization of our interactions with the environment. Since « extraordinary claims require extraordinary proofs », the goal of my tutorial is to provide researchers at all levels with the neuronal blueprints of a (large) number of cognitive functions and concepts. After the description of the cortex as a hierarchy of self-organizing associative memories, I will show how the synergy between sensory and sensory-motor maps generates behaviors. I will then offer explanations about intelligence (a side effect of the observer knowledge), consciousness (an automatic verbalization), endogenous and exogenous attentions, episodic and semantic memories, motivation or joy (a side effect of associative memories functioning). TnCC also offers tentative explanations about a few brain diseases (schizophrenia, depression, Alzheimer's disease, autism) and answers to long-lasting questions such as why we must sleep, how hypnosis works, what is the placebo effect, and how unsupervised systems achieve homeostasis. However the biggest TnCC result relates to the fact that the absence of free-will is a sure guaranty that we must promote altruism to increase our personal happiness.

ASSC 18 Symposia

SYMPOSIUM 1: Consciousness Across The Species: The adaptive Value of Pain

Summary:

Nociception without conscious awareness allows organisms to avoid tissue damage in certain situations. Spinal cords detached from brains are capable of learning complex responses to noxious stimulation. Yet, as we are all-too-aware, humans have the capacity to consciously feel pain and to suffer, presumably because these types of experiences have offered evolutionary advantages over mere nociception.  In this panel, we will explore the adaptive value of conscious pain by taking a closer look at what we know about nociception and pain across different classes of animals.  The speakers will discuss innovative methods used for assessing whether nonhuman animals are capable of experiencing pain, looking closely at relevant similarities and differences between species, and will situate our current knowledge in a theoretical framework that emphasizes the adaptive value of conscious pain.

Chair: Adam Shriver

Talk 1. Victoria Braithwaite (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"Do fish feel pain"

Talk 2. Dan Weary (The University of British Columbia, Canada)
“Experimental design and strength of inferences regarding affect during loss of consciousness”

Talk 3. David Edelman (Bennington College, USA)
“Identifying nociception and the experience of pain in the octopus”

Talk 4. Paula Droege (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
“In defense of function 

 

SYMPOSIUM 2: Quantifying Consciousness: Theoretical and clinical implications  

Summary:

The field of consciousness research has reached a critical turning point: we have begun to validate theory-driven quantitative measures of consciousness (ref. Casali 2013, King 2013, Schurger 2010, Seth 2011) that enable us to discern whether or not a human subject (or patient) is in a conscious state, or is conscious of a particular stimulus, based only on patterns of brain activity. With these advances, consciousness research moves from “neuronal correlates” towards "neuronal signatures" of consciousness. Whereas correlates are apparent in the average over many trials or subjects, a signature can predict whether a single subject is in a conscious state, or whether a single episode elicited a specific conscious sensation, thus moving us one step closer to understanding how consciousness is "implemented" by the brain. Tests capable of detecting consciousness will be of enormous value in both clinical and research settings. A handful of new quantitative measures of consciousness have emerged in recent years. Based on theory, but applicable in practice, these metrics can reliably classify brain states as “conscious” or “non-conscious” at the single-subject, and in some cases single-trial, level. While each is different from the others in important ways, they also appear to be converging on certain specific properties of conscious brain states. In this symposium we will explore these new measures and discuss their theoretical, experimental, and clinical implications.

Chair: Jacobo Sitt and Aaron Schurger

Talk 1. Aaron Schurger (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
"Stability as a signature of neuronal adequacy for subjective report"

Talk 2. Marcello Massimini (The University of Milan, Italy)
“Towards an objective index of the level of consciousness”

Talk 3. Jacobo Sitt (L'Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière, France)
“Insights and applications from contrasting conscious states”

Talk 4. Anil Seth (University of Sussex, UK)
“Quantitative measures of conscious level: prospects and perils”

 

SYMPOSIUM 3: Unconscious perception: Does it exist, and what should we require from evidence? 

Summary:

Which processes require awareness, and which can be accomplished in its absence? This distinction is considered a promising approach toward understanding consciousness. Recent years have seen an explosion of studies demonstrating unconscious perceptual and cognitive processing. Their abundance stems from a current zeitgeist that views unconscious processes as “cool” and the popularity of easy-to-use methods for suppressing stimuli from awareness. Uncritical acceptance of all recent findings might lead one to conclude that consciousness is almost incidental to perceptual and cognitive processes. But should we take all such findings at face value? What criteria should we set for accepting claims of processing without awareness, and are these criteria routinely met? This symposium will focus on the need for rigor in verifying claims of unconscious processing. We will present work pertaining to the distinction between objective and subjective measures of (un)awareness, the role of metacognitive processes in such distinctions, and the need to rule out explanations that do not invoke unconscious processing, before concluding that it has occurred. Following individual presentations, we will conduct a group discussion on the best ways to verify unconscious processing. 

Chair: David Carmel and Axel Cleeremans

Talk 1. David Carmel (University of Edinburgh, UK)
"Unconscious perception is not a single thing"

Talk 2. Joel Pearson (The University of New South Wales, Australia)
“Using unconscious information for sensory and bistable decisions”

Talk 3. Zoltan Dienes (University of Sussex, UK)
“Improving on the null hypothesis: Bayesian objective and subjective thresholds”

Talk 4. Axel Cleeremans (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
“The mind’s sea serpent”

 

SYMPOSIUM 4: Consciousness in sleep: what it is like, what can it tell us, and how it can be measured

Summary:

It has been known for some time that the level of consciousness fades away in deep sleep early in the night, only to return in the form of vivid dreams late in the night. However, it is now clear that dream reports can be obtained during any stage of sleep, and conversely, some awakenings can yield no report, even from REM sleep, raising the question of how changes in brain activity relate to changes in level of consciousness. To start addressing this question, in this symposium we will present novel experiments that combine high density EEG, TMS and fMRI, and show how a refined spatial and temporal analysis can help identifying regionally specific predictors of dreaming and indicate, in real time, whether dream reports will be obtained. We will conclude by discussing why dreams are interesting for the philosophy of consciousness, and propose specific experimental approaches that can build a stronger connection between dream research and philosophy of mind.

Chair: Chiara Cirelli

Talk 1. Chiara Cirelli (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Neurophysiology of sleep"

Talk 2. Francesca Siclari (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
“Assessing sleep consciousness within subjects using a serial awakening paradigm and high-density EEG 

Talk 3. Michael Czisch (Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Germany)
“Sleep, dreams and consciousness: A neuroimaging perspective”

Talk 4. Thomas Metzinger/Jennifer Windt (Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany; Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany)
“Dreaming, consciousness and the self: Spatiotemporal self- location and minimal phenomenal selfhood”

ASSC 18 - Travel and local information

 

General Brisbane Transport Information

 

TransLink runs nearly all public transport in Brisbane. Their website [LINK] is full of information about timetables and fairs, as well as a journey planner to find the best way to get from A to B.

 

GoCards are the primary method of public transport payment and are similar to London’s Oyster card and other smart card transport systems. Cards can be preloaded with credit and simply swiped at designated readers when entering and exiting public transport. See the TransLink website [LINK] for more details.

 

The two major taxi companies in Brisbane are Black and White Cabs [LINK]  (131 008) and Yellow Cabs [LINK] (131 924) .

AirTrain [LINK] is a train service connecting Brisbane airport with inner-city Brisbane. Stops at Central Station (CBD) and South Bank allow easy transfer to a direct bus route to UQ.

 

A variety of Car Hire Services are available at or close to the airport.

Parking at UQ costs depending on where you park. There are both short and long term parking areas and availability shouldn’t be a problem as the conference is being held during the mid-year break.

 

 

Brisbane and Surrounds

 

Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland, and lies between the Sunshine Coast in the North and the Gold Coast in the South.  It is one of the most desirable destinations in Australia, due to it’s warm climate, and its location near to tropical islands, beaches and world heritage rainforest.  Brisbane city has a laidback out-door feel and is easily commutable by train, bus or ferry.  The city is a cultural hub with live music, world-class art exhibitions, a variety of restaurants and a lively nightlife.

 

 

 

 

For more information:

BRISBANE: www.brisbanecityonline.com.au/about_brisbane.htm

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF: www.greatbarrierreef.org/

FRASER ISLAND: www.fraserisland.net

MORETON ISLAND: www.visitmoretonisland

LAMMINGTON NATIONAL PARK: www.oreillys.com.au/

BYRON BAY: www.byron-bay.com/


ASSC 18 Accommodation

General Information

The University campus is located approximately 30min from the city centre by public transport. For this reason we highly recommend people take advantage of the college accomodation which is convenient and cheap (particularly if you consider the price includes breakfast and will not require any public transport).

 

 

College Accommodation

 

Accommodation on campus at UQ close to the conference venue (Advanced Engineering Building) is available at two colleges from the 16th to the 19th of July, with final checkout the morning of the 20th. Bookings can be made directly with Anne Kuskopf (conferences@womens.uq.edu.au) by downloading and completing [the booking form].

 

Women’s College

http://www.womens.uq.edu.au/conference-accommodation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duchesne College

http://www.uq.edu.au/duchesne/venue_hire.htm

 

 


 

 

 

Other Accommodation with Easy Access to UQ

 

South Bank is a popular Brisbane destination located opposite the central business district on the Brisbane River. The area has many restaurants and is a major cultural precinct containing the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Museum and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Public transport is close by with train, ferry and bus stations. Bus 66 and the St Lucia ferry go straight to UQ’s Campus from the South Bank bus station and ferry terminal respectively. By car UQ is about 15min away.  

The two main hotels in South Bank are Rydges (click here for information) and Mantra (click here for information)

 

Brisbane CBD is the city centre and the major hub for public transport. Buses 66, 411 and 412 go directly to UQ’s campus, and is approximately 15min away from UQ by car.

 

ASSC Room Share Forum

This year we are not offering a room share forum because the cheapest option is the college accommodation which are rooms with single beds and therefore cannot be shared. There are hostels and other accommodation in the city but we advise against these as they are located approximately 30minutes from the university and will require additional public transport tickets.

 

 

 


Election 2013

Voting closes Friday 13th December 2013

To access the voting pages you will need to be logged in. If you are not logged in, you will see a login window in the top right corner of this page (if you are logged in you should see "My account" & "log out" in that location). Your username will be the email address you provided with your membership registration. If your email does not work, try your full name (e.g. William James). If you are unsure of your password, select "request new password".

Please note that only Full-Voting Members are eligible to vote. If you recieved an email notifying you of this election, then you are a Full-Voting Member. If you have any questions about your membership profile or if you have difficulty logging in, please contact the ASSC Secretary. If you have any other questions regarding the election please email the ASSC Director.

This year the election will require you to vote on the new President-Elect and 2 postions for Members-At-Large of the Board. Details about the current members of the board can be found here.

Step 1: follow the instructions above to log in

Step 2: CLICK HERE TO VOTE

We thank you in advance for your time and consideration given to this election.

Jobs

To add an item to the ASSC Jobs Board (currently in beta) please email the Executive Director

ASSC 20

THE 20th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ASSC WILL BE HELD IN BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, 2016

LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE 

Tristan Bekinschtein (Chair)
Agustin Ibanez
Facundo Manes
Mariano Sigman


Further details will be announced on this page as they become available

Program Book

Download the Program Book  (Right-click on the link and select "Save as...")

(Please see Poster Sessions: Addendum (Errata) for updated corrections, omissions, etc.)

ASSC 17 - Registration - Non-Members - Early

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ASSC 17 Meeting Registration Fee for Non-Members (July 12th-15th) -

Early Registration (By May 20th, 2013*) - $575.00 US:

*Payments received after June 12th will not be refundable. Refunds made prior to June 12th will be subject to a 15% processing fee.

 


Optional Morning Tutorials (9:00am-12:00pm, July 12th) - $60.00 US each (you can only select 1 morning and/or 1 afternoon tutorial):

TUTORIAL M1 - 9:00am: Using Bayes to Interpret Non-significant Results
Zoltan Dienes


TUTORIAL M2 - 9:00AM:
Integrated Information, Predictive Coding, and Qualia
Anil Seth & Ryota Kanai


TUTORIAL M3 - 9:00
AM: First-Person Methods: Philosophers' Dreams or Researchers' Nightmares? Perspectives from Philosophy and the Study of Dreaming
Jennifer M. Windt & Sascha Benjamin Fink


TUTORIAL M4 - 9:00
AM: Measuring (Un)awareness
David Carmel & Steve Fleming 


Optional Afternoon Tutorials (1:00pm-4:00pm, July 12th)- $60.00 US each (you can only select 1 morning and/or 1 afternoon tutorial):

TUTORIAL A1 - 1:00PM: Investigating Animal Pain and Consciousness
Paula Droege & Victoria Braithwaite


TUTORIAL A2 - 1:00PM:
Representational Theories of Consciousness
Rocco Gennaro


TUTORIAL A3 - 1:00PM:
The Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness
Giulio Tononi, Christof Koch, Nao Tsuchiya & Masafumi Oizumi

***SOLD OUT***


TUTORIAL A4 - 1:00PM:
Deciphering the information contained in patterns of human brain activity
Frank Tong 


Optional Satellite Symposium - Perception and Action in Immersive Worlds (July 16th) - $60.00 US:

This is a satellite event that is independent of the main ASSC17 conference.


Optional Meeting Banquet (July 14th) - $90.00 US*:

The perfect way to relax after a big day, and an ideal chance to meet other conference participants. The food will be delicious, the company brilliant.

*Includes beer and wine served during dinner.


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ASSC 17 Poster and Talk Criteria

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 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).

 

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 and Keynote.

ASSC 17 Tutorials

Tutorials - July 12

Morning (0900-1200):

M1: Using Bayes to interpret non-significant results

Zoltan Dienes (School of Psychology, University of Sussex, Brighton, U.K.)

The purpose of the tutorial is to present simple tools for dealing with non-significant results. 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 result. 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 correla- tion criterion, ability to discriminate one’s own accuracy must be at chance. 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.

M2: Integrated information, predictive coding, and qualia

Anil. K. Seth & Ryota Kanai (Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science and Dep’t of Informatics, University of Sussex, Brighton, U.K.)

Current research in consciousness science must better integrate theory and experiment in developing our understanding of qualia [1]. Two classes of brain theory are now emerging as leading candidates. Integrated information theory (IIT, [2]) proposes that consciousness has to do with the amount of information generated by a neural system as a whole, compared to the sum of its parts. Integrated information (‘phi’) can be operational- ized as a variant of dynamical complexity and compared with similar measures [3,4]. IIT thus highlights informa- tion theory and complexity as key tools for naturalizing consciousness and qualia. Predictive coding (PC) proposes that perception emerges via Bayesian inference: Perceptual content is determined top-down predictive signals arising from generative models of external causes, which are continually modified by bottom-up prediction-error signals [5]. PC thus highlights re-entrant processing and probabilistic inference as key concepts. While both frameworks are powerfully explanatory, IIT is underconstrained by current cognitive neuroscience and difficult to test, while for PC the relationship between conscious and unconscious perception is poorly specified. In this tutorial, we will first provide basic introduction to IIT and PC with special emphasis on their relationship to understanding qualia. To facilitate interdisciplinary discussion, the tutorial does not assume any mathematical background and we will focus on conceptual understanding of the theories rather than math- ematical details. In a later part of the tutorial, we will discuss how these different frameworks might be synthesized into a coherent computational framework.

M3: First-person methods: Philosophers' dreams or researchers' nightmares? Perspectives from philosophy and the study of dreaming

Jennifer M. Windt (Dep’t of Philosophy, University of Mainz, DE) & Sascha B. Fink (Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück, DE)

The best way to learn about the specific character of conscious experience is to study what people say about it. Fundamental features of consciousness (e.g. holistic integration, phenomenal embodiment, specious presence, etc.) were only established as targets for consciousness research through first-person methods. Most agree that such methods are indispensable for consciousness studies. At the same time, phenomena such as change blindness suggest that first-person access to phenomenality is not perfect. First-person reports can be confabulated, contradictory, or incomplete. This calls the validity of first-person approaches into question. Apparently, we need first-person reports – but how far can we trust them?

Dreams illustrate the problem of first-person reports in a compelling manner. Because dreams are largely decoupled from sensory input and behavioral output, dream researchers rely almost exclusively on dream reports. At the same time, dream reports have often been taken to be particularly unreliable, occasionally leading to outright skepticism regarding the experiential character of dreaming. Despite these theoretical disagreements, however, dream research is a thriving field and can provide a fresh perspective on problems

The tutorial has four goals: (1) Provide an introduction to the basic problems raised by first-person reports using the example of dreaming, (2) suggest specific consequences from the philosophical debate on dream- ing for the use of first-person reports in consciousness research, (3) discuss philosophical positions on the validity of first-person reports and the reliability of introspection, and (4) discuss the role and value of the researcher’s own experience.

M4: Measuring (un)awareness

David Carmel (Dep’t of Psychology, University of Edinburgh) & Steve Fleming (Center for Neural Science, New York University)

Most research on perceptual awareness attempts to understand consciousness by investigating the twin themes of conscious and unconscious perception – i.e., what perceptual processes are associated with conscious experience and what can be accomplished in the absence of awareness. There is, however, a great deal of confusion regarding how to assess and measure each of these modes of perceptual processing. This tutorial will offer researchers at all levels an overview of pertinent methodological and conceptual issues, leaving participants with an understanding of the questions they need to consider when designing studies, and how the answers to these questions constrain the conclusions that can be drawn from research findings. For unconscious perception, the questions that will be discussed include how to ensure suppression of percep- tual stimuli from awareness, how to decide which suppression technique is most appropriate for a specific research question, and whether different kinds of unconscious processing indicate similar neural underpin- nings.

For conscious processing, the questions that will be addressed are how to measure the level and extent of subjective conscious experience, whether different ways of assessing reports of awareness (confidence, appearance, wagering) address equivalent constructs, and how detection and identification of perceptual stimuli differ.

Several demonstrations will clarify the issues that will be discussed, and generous provision for discussion will be made to allow consideration of specific problems or issues arising in participants’ own research.

Afternoon (1300-1600):

A1: Investigating animal pain and consciousness

Paula Droege (Dep't of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University)

Neuroscientists have been making remarkable progress in identifying candidates for the neural correlates of consciousness (NCC) in humans. Through careful investigation of conscious and unconscious processes, the role of thalamocortical circuits and information integration in the production of consciousness is becoming clearer. But what about non-human animals? How can we apply the advances in consciousness research to animals (e.g. fish, cephalopods) that share few if any human physical and functional structures? The capacity to represent the current environment in contrast to the past and future is essential for consciousness and marks an important development in cognitive skill. We suggest this capacity for temporal representation can bring together physiological and behavioral evidence to help determine which animals are conscious and which are not.

The tutorial will begin with a discussion of the problems and prospects for research on animal consciousness, considering such questions as: Is nociception sufficient for pain? What is the relation between consciousness and self-consciousness? Then we will review several research paradigms designed to assess consciousness in animals. One important question here is: When is an explanation in terms of higher-level processes such as consciousness and cognition simpler than an explanation in terms of associative conditioning?

A2: Representational theories of consciousness

Rocco J. Gennaro (Dep’t of Philosophy, University of Southern Indiana)

The notion of ‘representation’ is central to many philosophical theories of consciousness and also figures importantly in psychology and neuroscience. Some questions raised by the role of representation in these fields are: What does it mean to say that a mental state is ‘representational’? What is the difference between a first-order representation and a higher-order (or meta-) representation? This tutorial will begin with a discus- sion of how the concept ‘representation’ is used in the philosophical literature on consciousness. In addition, various senses of ‘conscious’ are distinguished and explained. The key question then becomes: What makes a mental state a conscious mental state? We shall survey a number of leading representational theories of consciousness found in the current literature: First-Order Representational Theory of Consciousness (Tye), Higher-Order Perception (HOP) Theory (Lycan), Higher-Order Thought (HOT) Theory (Rosenthal), Dual Content Theory (Carruthers), and Self-Representational Theory (Kriegel). After the main tenets of each approach are presented, we shall discuss the arguments for and against the theory in question. Significant attention will be paid to well-known objections to each theory, for example, the problem of misrepresentation, the question of animal consciousness, and how these theories might address the “hard problem” of consciousness. Finally, there will be some discussion of how these models might be realized in the brain. Also important is the reduc- tionist motive of most representational theorists: Can any of these theories offer a viable reductionist account of consciousness?

A3: The Integrated Information theory of consciousness

Giulio Tononi (Dep’t of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin), Christof Koch (Cognitive and Behavioral Biology, Cal Tech; CSO, Allen Institute for Brain Science), Nao Tsuchiya (Monash University, Melbourne, AU) & Masafumi Oizumi (Dep’t of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin)

The Integrated Information theory of consciousness (IIT) has recently attracted attention among conscious- ness researchers. IIT stems from thought experiments that lead to phenomenological axioms and onto- logical postulates (information, integration, exclusion, and compositionality). According to IIT, an experi- ence is an integrated information structure, which in principle can be completely characterized, both in quantity and quality, by determining to what extent a system of causal mechanisms is irreducible to its parts. Many observations concerning the neural substrate of consciousness fall naturally into place within the IIT framework. Among them are the association of consciousness with certain neural systems rather than with others; the fact that neural processes underlying consciousness can influence or be influenced by neural processes that remain unconscious; the reduction of consciousness during dreamless sleep and generalized epileptic seizures; and the distinct role of different cortical architectures in affecting the quality of experience. The tutorial will i) introduce the basic notions of IIT to a broad audience without requiring a mathematical background, and provide hands-on examples in which integrated information can be computed rigorously; ii) introduce measures of integrated information that can be applied to empirical data and discuss how they can be applied to evaluate the level of consciousness in wake, sleep, anesthesia, and disorders of consciousness; iii) demonstrate how integrated information grows in animats adapting to a complex environment, thereby shedding light on the evolution of consciousness; iv) consider theoretical and practical aspects of measures of integrated information, potential problems, and future developments.

Our intended audience is broad. We do not assume any prior knowledge of integrated information theory or information theory in general. In the first part of the tutorial, we start from the basics of the probability theory and information theory, which are key to understanding the theory. After the introduction of the basics, the contents of the tutorial will be at the level of a master class.

 

A4: Deciphering the information contained in patterns of human brain activity

Frank Tong (Dep’t of Psychology, Vanderbilt University)

Surprisingly detailed information about visual and mental states can be decoded from non-invasive mea- sures of human brain activity. Brain decoding approaches have successfully revealed what a person is seeing, perceiving, attending to, or remembering. Multidimensional models can further be used to investi- gate how the brain encodes complex visual scenes or abstract semantic information, and to reconstruct the stimulus that was viewed. Such feats of “brain reading” or “mind reading”, though impressive, raise impor- tant conceptual, methodological, as well as ethical issues. What does successful decoding reveal about the sensory or cognitive functions performed by a brain region? How should brain signals be spatially selected and mathematically combined, to ensure that decoding reflects inherent computations of the brain rather than those performed by the decoder? What ethical considerations might emerge with the advancement of these methodologies? The tutorial will cover the fundamentals of “brain reading”, and should be suitable for people from a broad range of backgrounds, with one component emphasizing the more technical and mathematical aspects of pattern classification. Questions and interactive discussion will be emphasized, especially when considering the strengths and limitations of fMRI pattern analysis methods.

ASSC 17 and the 5D Institute Present: Perception and Action in Immersive Worlds

 

July 16, 2013 (9:00-16:00)


A Satellite Symposium Highlighting the Emerging Interface Between the Realms

of Human Perception and Action and Cutting-Edge Interactive and Immersive Media

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This special ASSC 17 Satellite Symposium is made possible through the generous support of:

Chairs

Sergei Gepshtein, PhD, Center for Neurobiology of Vision, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Alex McDowell, RDI, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California

This one-day symposium will celebrate and promote the rapidly growing interaction between two communities: researchers engaged in the scientific study of human perception and action and practitioners of interactive and immersive narrative media technologies. Leading researchers and artists will discuss human behavior and conscious experience vis-à-vis physical, social, and imagined realities represented in purely virtual worlds, as well as in the 'mixed' worlds that interlace physical and virtual realities.

The symposium will comprise a series of sessions, each featuring two speakers: a scientist and an artist or immersive-reality practitioner. The speakers will first present their approaches and then review both existing and prospective links between their domains of expertise. Following each session, generous time will be devoted to questions from the audience.

Speakers

Thomas D. Albright

Director, Vision Center Laboratory and Conrad T. Prebys Chair in Vision Research, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Nonny de la Peña

Fellow, Interactive Media Arts Department, USC; Documentary Filmmaker and Journalist

Sergei Gepshtein

Center for the Neurobiology of Vision, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Perry Hoberman

Center for Stereoscopic 3D, School for Cinematic Arts, USC

Donald Hoffman

Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Michael Kubovy

Department of Psychology, University of Virginia

Greg Lynn

Architecture and Urban Design, UCLA; Principal, Greg Lynn Form

Alex McDowell

Director, World Building Media Lab and Creative Director, 5D Institute, School of Cinematic Arts, USC

Howard Poizner

Institute for Neural Computation, UCSD

About the speakers

 

 


ASSC 17 Symposia

July 13th (1030-1230):

The role of prefrontal cortex in conscious experience

Chair: Richard Brown (Dep’t of Philosophy, CUNY)

One major divide in consciousness theory is that between higher-order and first-order theories. Inter- preted anatomically, first-order theories of consciousness maintain that consciousness will depend on the activity in the sensory cortices alone while higher-order theories deny that and maintain that consciousness will be reflected, at least in part, in activity of higher-order areas of the brain, most likely frontal-parietal regions.

Virtually all theories of consciousness have a stake in this debate. For instance, besides higher-order thought, and self representational views, Global Workspace Theory, and Information Integration Theory can be seen as versions of higher-order theory in that they posit a role for prefrontal areas in conscious perception, at least in some cases. Also in addition to first-order representation views, recurrent feedback, and attention-based theories can all be seen as versions of the first-order view.

This symposium will bring together two neuroscientists and two philosophers to present the empirical and philosophical case for and against the involvement of the prefrontal cortex in conscious experience.

  • Local neuronal “ignitions” and perceptual awareness
    Rafi Malach (Dep’t of Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Tel Aviv, IL)
  • Three Problems for Higher-Order Thought Theories
    Joseph Levine (Dep’t of Philosophy, U. Massachusetts, Amherst)
  • Higher order attentional contributions to subjective perception
    Dobromir Rahnev (Dep’t of Philosophy, U. California, Berkeley)
  • Consciousness without first-order representations
    Richard Brown (Dep’t of Philosophy, CUNY)

July 14th (1030-1230):

Projecting bodily consciousness: How the body affects consciousness in personal, peripersonal and interpersonal space

Chairs: Olaf Blanke (Cognitive Neuroscience, Ecole Polytechnique, Lausanne, CH),
Thomas Metzinger (Dep’t of Philosophy, Universität Mainz, DE)

Philosophy of mind, cognitive neuroscience, and neurology stress the importance of bodily input in forming of the experience of self and person. Such bodily aspects of self-consciousness have been shown to arise from the complex integration of interoceptive and exteroceptive body-related signals. An intrigu- ing aspect of bodily self consciousness is that it is not limited to the body itself, but also depends on stimuli related to external objects and in turn influences the experience of the external world. In this sense, bodily self-consciousness extends beyond the limits of our body over the space around us (i.e. peripersonal space) and impacts the interaction with other humans.

The presentations of this symposium will highlight complementary findings from multisensory, motor, and affective approaches and discuss their relavance for self-consciousness. Roy Salomon will focus on how bodily information, that has been shown to alter self-consciousness, can also modulate visual consciousness.

Andrea Serino will show how the boundaries of peripersonal space adapt when interacting with objects and others. Federique de Vignemont will extend the notion of embodiment to the study of social interactions and intersubjectivity.

  • Body-building-awareness: Bodily factors shaping our consciousness
    Roy Salomon (Cognitive Neuroscience, Ecole Polytechnique, Lausanne, CH)
  • Spatial boundaries of Body-self Consciousness
    Andrea Serino (Cognitive Neuroscience, U. Bologna, IT )
  • Seeing other people’s bodies
    Frédérique de Vignemont (Dep’t of Philosophy, Institut Jean Nicod/CNRS, Paris, FR)

July 15th (0930-1130):

Beyond the contrastive method: How to separate the neural correlates of consciousness from its precursors and consequences

Chair: Lucia Melloni (Dep’t of Neurophysiology, MPI Frankfurt, DE/Columbia University)

The most prevalent approach to study the neural correlates of consciousness (NCC) today is to contrast conditions in which conscious perception occurs with conditions in which it does not. Here, conscious- ness is treated as the dependent variable and then correlated with brain activity. This “contrastive method” has brought about important insights into the NCC. However, despite this apparently straight- forward approach, results are inconclusive and contradictory (e.g., it is still debated whether the NCC occurs early or late, or whether it is expressed in local or distributed brain activity). This discord can be understood when considering a methodological pitfall in the contrastive method: The contrast between conscious perception and unconscious processing confounds the NCC with processes that necessarily precede and follow conscious perception (pre-NCC and post-NCC, respectively) without directly contrib- uting to subjective experience.

It is not straightforward to arbitrate which previous results address the NCC-proper and which reflect other processes. In this symposium we will outline the shortcomings of the contrastive analysis, put forward a new taxonomy that differentiates the processes besetting the NCC- proper, and propose novel experimental approaches to dissociate the NCC-proper from its antecedents and consequences. We review M-EEG and ECOG studies that have employed these new approaches to probe which neural process directly correspond to the NCC. This evidence suggests that previous results may have indeed missed the NCC and reported pre-NCC/post-NCCs. Finally, we will discuss how this new taxonomy relates to prevalent theories of consciousness, arguing that some theories might be about post-NCCs instead of NCC.

  • Distilling the Neural Correlates of Consciousness
    Lucia Melloni (Dep’t of Neurophysiology, MPI Frankfurt/Columbia University)
  • Using MEG to track conscious access and its non-conscious consequences
    Stanislas Dehaene, Lucie Charles (Inserm-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, Paris, FR)
  • Isolating NCCs that are necessary and sufficient for visual awareness
    Michael Pitts (Dep’t of Psychology, Reed College)
  • Core vs. Total NCC
    Ned Block (Dep’t of Philosophy, New York University)

July 15th (1630-1830):

Ethical implications of detecting covert awareness in disorders of consciousness

Chairs: Adrian M. Owen (Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging, Western University, Ontario, CA),
Andrew Peterson (Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University, Ontario, CA)

Recent findings in cognitive neuroscience (Monti et al .2010, Owen et al.2006) suggest that functional mag- netic resonance imaging (fMRI) may be a viable means for detecting covert awareness in the vegetative state (VS). This research opens a promising new avenue for developing brain-computer interfaces (Naci et al. 2012) that compliment the current diagnostic criteria of disorders of consciousness (DOC), thereby increasing the effectiveness of diagnostic screening in this patient group. Given the high rate of misdiagno- sis in this population (Andrews et al. 1996, Childs et al. 1993), actively seeking out patients, who retain conscious awareness despite a clinical diagnosis of VS, is of the highest importance. Moreover, this tech- nique may also permit patients, who are consciously aware and have high levels of preserved cognition, to meaningfully engage in the decision making process related to their own medical care. To date, one patient, previously diagnosed as vegetative for approximately five years, was able to successfully answer a series of autobiographical ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions correctly overrepeated fMRI scanning sessions (Montietal.2010).

A natural step forward in this research program, therefore, is to apply similar neuroimaging methods to address medical questions relevant to individual DOC patients (Peterson et al. in preparation). Though these scientific findings appear highly promising in principle, incorporating any neuroimaging--based method into clinical setting will require satisfaction of established ethical and legal norms of medical practice. In particular, these concerns include: determining how information acquired from such techniques will be disclosed to patients’ families, what the cost of running such tests will be, whether any individual DOC patient is capable of making medically relevant decisions with these techniques, and what type of ques- tions we ought to be asking this patient population. We propose a symposium that brings together three different perspectives on this problem: neuroscience, neurology, and clinical ethics.

The first perspective, offered by Drs. Lorina Naci PhD and Daniel Bor PhD, both neuroscientists working with these neuroimaging paradigms, will shed light on practical obstacles and ways forward focusing neuroimaging to assess residual cognition in DOC patients.

The second perspective, offered by Dr. Bryan Young MD, a clinical neurologist working directly with this patient group, will highlight the difficulties as well as the potential that neuroim- aging holds for DOC patients in the medical setting.

Finally, Dr. Charles Weijer MD, PhD and Andrew Peterson MA, both medical ethicists and philosophers of science, will offer views on the overarching ethical standards relevant to this research. Dr. Adrian M. Owen, a neuroscientist working in this field, will chair the session.

We hope that this interdisciplinary approach will facilitate a novel and productive conversation about the merits of this research and future directions for using it in the clinical setting.

  • Using fMRI to assess conscious awareness in patients with disorders of consciousness– practical considerations
    Lorina Naci (Experimental Psychology, Western University, Ontario, CA)
  • Using multiple neuroimaging techniques to assess the quality of conscious awareness in DOC patients
    Daniel Bor (Cognitive Neuroscience, Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, University of Sussex, Brighton, U.K.)
  • Obstacles at the interface between advances in cognitive neuroscience and clinical practice
    Bryan Young (Neurology and Critical Care Medicine, Western University, Ontario, CA)
  • Conceptual foundations for assessing decision-making capacity in disorders of consciousness
    Andrew Peterson (Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University, Ontario, CA)
  • Navigating the transition between research and treatment when integrating novel neuroimaging techniques in medical practice
    Charles Weijer (Bioethics, Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University, Ontario, CA)

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Optional Morning Tutorials (9:00am-12:00pm, July 12th) - $60.00 US each (you can only select 1 morning and/or 1 afternoon tutorial):

TUTORIAL M1 - 9:00am: Using Bayes to Interpret Non-significant Results
Zoltan Dienes


TUTORIAL M2 - 9:00AM:
Integrated Information, Predictive Coding, and Qualia
Anil Seth & Ryota Kanai


TUTORIAL M3 - 9:00
AM: First-Person Methods: Philosophers' Dreams or Researchers' Nightmares? Perspectives from Philosophy and the Study of Dreaming
Jennifer M. Windt & Sascha Benjamin Fink


TUTORIAL M4 - 9:00
AM: Measuring (Un)awareness
David Carmel & Steve Fleming 


Optional Afternoon Tutorials (1:00pm-4:00pm, July 12th)- $60.00 US each (you can only select 1 morning and/or 1 afternoon tutorial):

TUTORIAL A1 - 1:00PM: Investigating Animal Pain and Consciousness
Paula Droege & Victoria Braithwaite


TUTORIAL A2 - 1:00PM:
Representational Theories of Consciousness
Rocco Gennaro


TUTORIAL A3 - 1:00PM:
The Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness
Giulio Tononi, Christof Koch, Nao Tsuchiya & Masafumi Oizumi

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TUTORIAL A4 - 1:00PM: Deciphering the information contained in patterns of human brain activity
Frank Tong 


Optional Satellite Symposium - Perception and Action in Immersive Worlds (July 16th) - $60.00 US:

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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.

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HOW TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT

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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ABSTRACT JUDGING CRITERIA

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).

 

TRAVEL AWARD

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.

 

EXPRESS REVIEW

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.

 

STUDENT POSTER COMPETITION

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 ( tobias.schlicht@ruhr-uni-bochum.de )

 

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 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).

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LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE: Sid Kouider, Elisabeth Pacherie, Catherine Tallon-Baudry 

 

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMM COMMITTEE:  Sid Kouider, Elisabeth Pacherie, Catherine Tallon-Baudry , Jacob Howhy, Susanna Siegel, Frederique de Vignemont, Olivia Carter, Po-Jang Hsieh, Agnes-Melinda Kovacs, Tristan Beckenstein, Lucia Melloni, Steve Flemming, Stanislas Deheane

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