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: Maria Giovanna Corrado (2015-2018)

I moved from a small town in the south of Italy to the UK, where I completed my MA in Philosophy of Psychology at King’s College London and my BA in Philosophy at Cardiff University. 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. My MA dissertation provided a criticism to the phenomenal intentionality thesis, according to which it is in virtue of the conscious aspect of our mental states that our mental states are intentional or have content. From January, I will be involved in a research project at the BrainLab of the University of Barcelona directed at assessing the relationship between the conscious perception of sounds and the magnitude and sign of prediction error. Outside of my studies, I enjoy making ceramics sculptures and pots and I am an Ashtanga yoga practitioner.

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.

Sharif Kronemer (2017-2020)


I am fascinated by the perplexing and often counterintuitive topic of consciousness. I was first introduced to the study of consciousness during a high school philosophy course. I pursued this interest by completing an undergraduate degree in philosophy and neuroscience at Ohio Wesleyan University and later an MSc in cognitive neuroscience at University College London. Currently, I am a PhD student at Yale University investigating the neural mechanisms of visual consciousness using fMRI and intracranial EEG. In addition, I am intrigued by how our evolving understanding of consciousness impacts bioethical dilemmas that hinge on personhood (e.g., abortion, euthanasia, and AI). Beyond my research, I am an impassioned foodie, runner, and consumer of political news and futures.   

Local organizing representative: Xunwei Sun (2017)

I am a Master-Doctor combined program graduate student in Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, China). Currently, my interests mainly focus on implicit/probabilistic category learning and cross-modal learning. EEG and behavioural measures are my research methods now, fMRI techniques are still learning.

I like the classic lines of the movie said, “You can either travel or read,but either your body or soul must be on the way.” History, poetry and mystery are my favorites. As for travel, I particularly like to go to ordinary alleys rather than tourist sights, feel different atmosphere of life in different cities. 

ASSC 20 in Buenos Aires really impressed me. Hopefully Beijing will impress you, too. Welcome!

Senior Members

Bruno van Swinderen (Full Member, 2013-2016)