Sensorimotor Satellite


ASSC Satellite Workshop: ‘The Sensorimotor Theory of Perception and Consciousness: Developments and Open Questions’

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July 2015 – Paris, France

Keynote speakers – Anthony Chemero, Alva Noë
Invited speakers – Malika Auvray, Xabier Barandiaran, Andreas Engel, Erik Myin

The sensorimotor theory claims that we can make strides toward dissolving the mysteries of consciousness if we think of experience as a kind of bodily engagement with the environment rather than something that happens only in the brain. Specifically, it claims that perceptual consciousness depends on implicit mastery of sensorimotor contingencies, the pattern-like ways that sense inputs change in line with movement by the agent or object perceived.

Since its first official statement in a seminal paper by O’Regan and Noë (2001), the theory has been extended and developed in various ways, resulting in a rich set of empirical and philosophical ideas about conscious experience. This workshop will give an overview of the state of the art and discuss key issues that a future sensorimotor theory should tackle.


Everybody is welcome. Participation is free but places are strictly limited. To register, please email Niclette Bukasa Kampata on with your name and any affiliation.

Workshop programme:

The two-day workshop will feature a combination of philosophers and scientists working on the sensorimotor theory and closely related topics.

Keynote speakers:

  • Alva Noë (Berkeley) -‘Sensorimotor understanding and the limits of agency’
  • Anthony Chemero (Cincinnati) – ‘Feeling into the situation’

     Invited speakers:

  • Malika Auvray (Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics) – ‘Questioning the use of sensory substitution devices at the behavioral, phenomenal and neurophysiological levels’
  • Xabier Barandiaran (Basque Country) – ‘Strong and weak sensorimotor constitution of experience’
  • Andreas Engel (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf) - Title TBA
  • Erik Myin (Antwerp) – ‘Reasons for radicalism’



Centre Universitaire des Saints Pères,
45 Rue des Saints Pères,
75006 Paris,

The workshop is being organised by Kevin O’Regan, Lucia Foglia, David Silverman and Jan Degenaar as part of Kevin O’Regan’s ERC Advanced Project FEEL, based at the Psychology of Perception Laboratory, Paris Descartes University.

For questions, please contact Niclette Bukasa Kampata at

For up to date information and a full list of speakers, visit