Neurophysiology of Attention and Awareness

Date: Monday 13th (9:30am - 4:10pm), June 2011

Venue: The Clock tower at Kyoto University (same location as the main ASSC meeting). [See http://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/clocktower].

Registration: FREE but is required [ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED BUT ATTENDANCE FOR THE SATELLITE WILL REMAIN OPEN AS LONG AS SPACE IS AVAILABLE]

Organizers:

  • Tadashi Ogawa (Kyoto University),
  • Tadashi Isa (National Institute for Physiological Sciences),
  • Naotsugu Tsuchiya (California Institute for Technology),
  • Masatoshi Yoshida (National Institute for Physiological Sciences)

Contact: Naotsugu Tsuchiya

Summary: Neurophysiological approaches, such as single- or multi-electrode recording of single unit, local field potential, electrocorticograms and so on, are currently one of the most direct ways to access information processing in the brain. They have been successful in revealing mechanisms of higher cogitive cognitive functions. On the other hand, the number of people with neurophysiological background who participate in consciousness study seems to be small. One of the reasons could be due to a psychological barrier --the misconception-- that consciousness is not a subject of neurophysiology. This satellite meeting aims to facilitate involvement of people with neurophysiological background to the scientific study of consciousness.

Event: This is a satellite event to be held prior to the 15th annual meeting of the association for the scientific study of consciousness. [Click here for link to ASSC15].


Preliminary Program

10:00 Opening remarks

10:10 Gabriel Kreiman (Harvard University, USA) "Internally generated preactivation of single neurons in human medial frontal cortex predicts volition" 

10:40 Naotsugu Tsuchiya (PRETO, Japan; Riken BSI, Japan) "Visual consciousness tracked with direct intracranial recording from early visual areas in humans" 

11:10   --- Break ---

11:30 Naoshige Uchida (Harvard University, USA) "The impact of confidence on neural activity and behavior" 

12:00   --- Lunch ---

13:30 Melanie Wilke (Georg-August University Goettingen, Germany) "Thalamic influence on the representation of saliency in cortical areas"

14:00 Tadashi Ogawa (Kyoto University, Japan) "Attention and target selection for saccade in macaque posterior parietal cortex" 

 

14:30   --- Break ---

14:50 Masatoshi Yoshida (National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Japan) "Neural correlate of blindsight generated within the superior colliculus" 

15:20 Concluding Remarks (Tadashi Ogawa)