ASSC Student Committee

The ASSC Student committee is ordinarily made up of six members (three senior members and three student members) and one local student liason. The committee is largely student-run, with help and advice from the senior members. Terms on the committee are normally three years long, and are staggered so that one student and one full member join and leave each year. The changeover happens at the end of August or early September.  If you are a Student Member of the ASSC and would like to join the committee please contact the ASSC’s executive director.

Student Members

Chair: Sara Kimmich (2014-2017)

Sara Kimmich

I am a neuroscience researcher and consumer of all things conscious, curious or down right strange on the scientific horizon. I am currently a postbaccalaureate researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health using real-time fMRI neurofeedback to train brain networks to alter clinical behavior and perceptual responses. I am interested in the ways that brain networks interact to create an integrated, conscious experience and utilize imaging methods to both observe and interact with these networks. 

Maria Giovanna Corrado (2015-2018)

Maria Giovanna Corrado

I am currently enrolled in a MA in Philosophy of Psychology at King’s College London. I moved to the UK from a small town in the south of Italy and I took a BA in Philosophy at Cardiff University (UK). During my undergraduate degree, I also participated in a study abroad program at Macquarie University (Australia). My undergraduate dissertation looked at the possibility that the vehicles of consciousness are extended to processes outside the brain and, in particular, to sensorimotor dynamics.

When I travel back to Italy I enjoy making some pottery in a studio on the Amalfi Coast and I would like to explore sculpture in the future.

Henry Shevlin (2016-2019)

I am a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. I previously completed a BPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford. I'm writing my dissertation on the role of semantic processing in consciousness. I'm also very interested in marginal states of consciousness - dreams, patients in vegetative states, and consciousness in simple animals. Outside of philosophy, I have a 2 year old son, who’s very funny and cute and is giving me a crash course in human psychological development. I travel a lot, especially to the Philippines, and I'm currently enjoying learning Tagalog. I enjoy running and climbing, and spend a lot of time reading about biology and the history of life.

Aurelio Cortese (2016-2019)

Currently, I am a PhD student in Computational Neuroscience at ATR, Kyoto, in Japan and at UCLA, Los Angeles. I obtained my Bachelor and Master in Life Sciences and Technologies from EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. My main interest focuses on how, where and when is confidence computed in the brain. Towards that idea I have been using brain imaging (fMRI) and machine learning techniques, together with psychophysics and computational approaches, to study and examine metacognition. I also share a big interest in altered states of consciousness, and the meaning they carry in terms of brain functions and architecture.

Outside of research, I like to explore things. I love travelling, arts, photography, wines and nature, and more. I do travel a lot (usually), and particularly enjoy activities in the wild such as trekking, camping, reading a book in the silence. I’m learning Japanese at the moment, and it’s a lot of fun.

Ezequiel Mikulan (Local Organizing Representative)

I am a PhD student at Favaloro University (Buenos Aires, Argentina). I have a degree in Psychology from the University of Buenos Aires. I work in cognitive processing and brain activity during the transition between levels of consciousness. I am currently developing two projects: time perception in drowsiness and brain connectivity changes in the wake/sleep transition. I use mainly EEG, iEEG (intracranial recordings) and behavioural measures.

I enjoy playing guitar, reading and sports.

Senior Members

Bruno van Swinderen (Full Member, 2013-2016)