Neuropsychiatry and Consciousness: Bringing Consciousness Science to the Clinic

 Saturday 7th July 2012

Venue: Michael Chowen Lecture Theatre, (BSMS) Brighton & Sussex Medical School - Teaching Building (No 46 on map at bottom of page).

Registration: £30 for the full day  - Note there is a capacity limit of 140 people. Online registration is open.

It is not necessary to register for the main ASSC conference in order to attend the Satellite event.


  • Dr Nick Medford (Brighton and Sussex Medical School)
  • Ms Hazelle Woodhurst (University of Sussex)

Contact: For questions regarding logistics or travel arrangments contact Hazelle Woodhurst

Summary: Psychiatric disorders entail disturbances of first-person experience, such as altered mood or anomalous perceptions. To what extent can they be considered consciousness disorders? And what can theoretical approaches to consciousness gain from considering the mental and biological disturbances that are seen in clinical neurology? The disturbances that arise in neuropsychiatric disorders can provide clues to the underlying structure of conscious awareness itself. In this satellite symposium, a range of medical neuroscientists will address these issues, covering such topics as disturbances of volition, anomalies of self-representation, and the interaction of body and brain. Recommended for clinicians interested in consciousness science, and for consciousness scientists wishing to learn more about the functions and dysfunctions of consciousness.

Event: This is a satellite event to be held immediately after the 16th annual meeting of the association for the scientific study of consciousness. [Click here for link to ASSC16].


9.15-9.30 Welcome and Introduction - Dr Nick Medford, Prof Hugo Critchley

9.30-10.30 Keynote lecture: ‘The neuropsychiatry of core and extended consciousness’ - Prof Adam Zeman

10.30-11.10 ‘Self-representation, neurovisceral phenotypes and anxiety’ - Prof Hugo Critchley

11.10-11.30 Coffee

11.30-12.10 ‘Premonitory urges and sensory tics: is Tourette syndrome a pathology of consciousness?’ - Dr Andrea Cavanna

12.10-12.50 ‘Psychogenic movement disorders: why and how’ – Dr Valerie Voon

12.50-14.00 Lunch

14.00-14.40 ’Selves unreal and divided: dissociation and psychosis’- Dr Nick Medford

14.40-15.20 ‘Body perception illusions in epilepsy’- Dr Lukas Heydrich

15.20-15.40 Coffee

15.40-16.20 ‘Hypnosis, Consciousness, and Dissociation’- Dr Quinton Deeley

16.20-17.00 ‘The role of the body in emotional experience’- Dr Neil Harrison

Venue: Michael Chowen Lecture Theatre, (BSMS) Brighton & Sussex Medical School - Teaching Building (No 46)

if travelling from overseas or within the UK  to the University of Sussex, Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS)
By Train:
If arriving by Train into Brighton please take a connecting train to Falmer Station for the University.

  • Falmer Station:
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By  Car

  • Should you prefer to come by car, the closest car park to the Medical  school is car park 3 in Biology Road, which is parallel to the BSMS Teaching Building. The medical school has long white steps at the front leading up to its entrance and will be signposted outside for the satellite symposium.

By Taxi

  • Taxis are available at both Brighton and Lewes train stations and at many places in the centre of Brighton.

It is about four miles (six kilometres) from central Brighton to the University. (There is no taxi service at Falmer station itself.)


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