Deadline: June 2nd, 2012

Apply to take part in the ASSC Mentor Program!

Each year at the annual meeting, the ASSC student committee organizes a mentor lunch. 2-3 students are assigned to each mentor, and lunch is provided by the ASSC. If you'd like to participate in this year's event, please download the application using the link below and email completed applications to fauve.lybaert (at)

Download the application here.


June 12, 2011

ASSC 15: Poster Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Poster Competition!


Emma Chien (contact)

Poster Title: "Mind-sightedness: autism and the theory of mind."

Keisuke Takahata (contact)

Poster Title: "On saving the self: Postdictive shifts of sense of agency by monetary gain and loss."

Annelinde Vandenbroucke (contact)

Poster Title: "Seeing without Knowing: qualia are present during inattentional blindness."


Thanks to all our student participants and judges. A special thanks to Olivia Carter for her help in organizing this year's competition. To enter next year's poster competition, watch the ASSC call for abstracts!

May 27, 2011

ASSC 15: Student Forum

The student committee of the ASSC is pleased to present the ASSC-15 Student Forum. This is an online forum for discussions about the various seminars and talks at ASSC-15. Signing-up is easy - you can use any email address or your existing Facebook, Google, or Twitter accounts. Feel free to start new topics, ask questions, and post suggestions! Make contact with other students before the conference begins! We are also recruiting student volunteers (bloggers) to contribute brief informal synopses of talks held at ASSC-15 to the forum. If you are interested in any particular talk, please contact Kingson Man by June 2, 2011.


May 27, 2011

ASSC 15: Mentor Lunch

The student committee of the ASSC is organizing a Mentor event at ASSC-15 in Kyoto to connect student participants with faculty working in their area of interest (Neuroscience and Philosophy). This year, we will hold a mentor lunch on 10 June during the scheduled lunch break. Each mentor will meet with a small group of 2-3 students, and lunch will be provided.

This year's mentors include: Ralph Adolphs, Roy Baumeister, Tristan Bekinschtein, Ned Block, Melanie Boly, Olivia Carter, Robert Hampton, Nichols Humphrey, Fiona Macpherson, Tetsure Matsuzawa, Thomas Metzinger, Tony Ro, Shinsuke Shimojo and Naotsugu Tsuchiya.

To apply, please fill out this application form and submit your entries to Adrienne Prettyman by June 2, 2011.


May 27, 2011

ASSC 15: Student Poster Competition

The student committee of the ASSC is organizing a Poster Competition open to all student participants at ASSC-15 on June 11, 2011.

Two best posters from both Philosophy and Science categories will be selected by a panel of judges. Prizes include $50 Amazon vouchers and 1 year's free ASSC Student Membership.

Students who did not sign-up for the Poster Competition as part of the ASSC-15 Registration process can still sign up by emailing Sundeep Teki by June 2, 2011


June 27, 2010

ASSC 14: Poster Competition Results

The winners of the Student Poster Competition at ASSC-14 are:

Science category:

Philosophy category:

Many thanks to the following judges who assessed the posters entered in the competition: Paula Droege, Antoine Lutz, Heather Berlin, Alex Maier, David Rosenthal, Thomas Metzinger, Tim Vickery, Rama Chakravarthi and Imogen Dickie.

June 19, 2010

ASSC 14: Student Poster Competition

Dear student participants of ASSC-14, on behalf of the ASSC Student Organizing Committee, we would like to invite you to apply to our Student Poster Competition.

This year, we are proud to announce that we have extended the poster prize to both philosophically and scientifically-oriented posters. However, due to logistic reasons, we would like to invite you to sign up for the competition instead of being automatically enrolled. If you would like to participate in the competition, please fill in the form here. The deadline of online application is June 21, 2010.

The judges will evaluate your posters based on the following criteria. We will pick one winner for each category (science and philosophy) from each session, awarding four winners in total. The winners will be announced at the end of the conference.


  1. Content
    a. Is the research a valuable contribution to the field?
    b. Are the aims clearly stated? Are the conclusions well supported by evidence or argument?
    c. Is it well researched? Are the references used to support the presentation accurate?
  2. Originality
    a. Are the ideas novel and insightful?
    b. Does it engage creatively with the issues?
    c. Are there interesting applications or implications of the research in the field?
  3. Presentation
    a. Does the poster attract viewer attention? Is it aesthetically appealing? (eg appropriate font size, layout, etc).
    b. Is it well organized?
    c. If there are illustrations or graphs, are they of good technical quality? Do they clearly illustrate the relevant point?

For winning posters only, judges will be asked to answer the following four questions:

  1. What most impressed you about the poster content?
  2. What is the author’s most original research contribution?
  3. What most impressed you about the presentation?
  4. Any other comments (optional)

Good luck to all participants!

June 08, 2010

ASSC 14: Mentor Event

Each year, the student committee of the ASSC organizes a mentor event at the annual conference, to connect student members with faculty working in their area of interest. This year, we will hold a mentor lunch on Friday June 25th from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Each mentor will meet with a small group of 2-3 students, and a light lunch will be provided.

To register your interest in the mentor event, please download the application form from here.

Please email completed applications to Adrienne Prettyman with "ASSC Mentor Application" as the subject.

The deadline for submission is 15 June, 2010.

June 08, 2010

New issue of Psyche is out

The new issue of Psyche, ASSC's flagsip journal containing the top 5 essays from the ASSC Student Essay Contest has now been published.

You can browse the journal and the essays here

February 22, 2010

ASSC Essay Contest Results

The results of the first ASSC Essay Contest on Consciousness are now out. The top five essays will be published in Psyche.

The winners of the essay contest include (in no particular order):

  1. Sam Wilkinson from University of Edinburgh for his essays on topics 2 and 3
  2. Victoria Stone again from the University of Edinburgh for her essay on topic 3
  3. Colin Hales from the University of Melbourne for his essay on topic 5, and
  4. Hsueh Qu from the University of Oxford for his essay on topic 3.

All winners will also receive free ASSC Student Memberships.

Many thanks are due to our distinguished judges who took out time to evaluate the submitted essays. They include:

  1. Jane Aspell, EPFL, Switzerland
  2. Anil Seth, University of Sussex
  3. Peter Brugger, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
  4. Isabelle Viaud-Delmon, CNRS UMR 9912, IRCAM, France
  5. Ryota Kanai, University College London, UK
  6. Ned Block, New York University, USA
  7. David Chalmers, Australian National University, Australia
  8. Michael Pauen, Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Germany

For any questions or suggestions for the next Essay Contest, feel free to write to the organizer, Sundeep Teki.

November 27, 2009

ASSC Essay Contest Update

The first ASSC Essay contest has received a good response so far and is nearing it's deadline of Dec. 15, 2009. However, participants are encouraged to submit their essays sooner in order to facilitate a timely publication of the winning essays in Psyche. For any questions and to register for the contest, please contact the organizer, Sundeep Teki.

June 2009

Post-Conference Student Survey Now Online!

In case you attended the conference and haven't received an email with a link to the survey, please contact the survey administrator, Joel Parthemore.

Student Committee Announces Essay Contest

All students welcome! Answer the questions from a philosophical, psychological, neuroscience, or other perspective as appropriate to your interest or background. Winning entries will be published in the ASSC journal PSYCHE as well as appearing on this website. Prizes also include free student memberships to the ASSC. Register your interest by sending your name, institutional affiliation, and preference of topics to the contact address below.


  • Jane Aspell (EPFL, Switzerland)
  • Ned Block (New York University, USA)
  • Peter Brugger (University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Ryoto Kanai (University College London, UK)
  • Michael Pauen (Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Germany)
  • Anil K Seth (University of Sussex, UK)
  • Isabelle Viaud-Delmon (CNRS UMR 9912, IRCAM, France)

Topics (choose one):

  1. Explain the enduring significance of Searle's Chinese Room argument to discussions in cognitive science -- for all the simplicity of the thought experiment -- and describe what for you is the key insight or fault of Searle's original 1980 paper.
  2. Are there auditory objects in the auditory domain, like visual objects in the visual domain?  If so, what is an auditory object?  Discuss in the light of evidence from philosophical theories of auditory/object perception, empirical work in neuroscience, or both.
  3. If we accept that Mary the colour scientist gains new knowledge when she sees the colour red for the first time must this lead us to a non-physicalist theory of consciousness?
  4. Can consciousness exist without a subject of experience (a self)? Can consciousness be distinguished from self-consciousness?
  5. What kind of experiences are qualia? Qualia are usually described as the redness of red or the painfulness of pain. While most people would agree that qualia refer to the quality of subjective experiences, it is often difficult to judge whether less sensory aspects of experiences should be taken to accompany specific qualia. In order for the concept to be useful for driving neuroscientific research, it is important to determine the fundamental conditions for an experience to count as a quale in a meaningful way. Are there any critical experimental protocols to determine whether a certain experience counts as a quale?
  6. Some philosophers and neuroscientists have called into question the whole traditional separation of senses into the five different modalities and hold that, prior to sensory experience being conceptualized into these different categories, there is only sensory experience undifferentiated by the sensory modalities. Discuss.

Format: 1,500 words maximum. PDFs please!

Deadline:15 December, 2009

Submissions & Info:Sundeep Teki

Contest Rules:

  1. The maximum word limit is 1500 words excluding references, figure legends etc.
  2. You are welcome to write essays on more than one topic in which case you should submit them as separate essays.
  3. Do not mention your name or university anywhere in the essay. This is to ensure that all essays are anonymously and fairly assessed. All essays will be given an ID which you should quote when submitting your essays.
  4. Submit your essays as a pdf document and name it like this – FullName_ID (To convert doc to pdf:
  5. The deadline for receiving the essays is midnight of 15th December, 2009 (GMT 0).
  6. You will be sent a reminder two weeks before the deadline.
  7. We have arranged with the editors of the ASSC journal, PSYCHE to publish the best essays as reviewed by our panel of judges.
  8. We hope to have the results ready by April, 2010.

Philosophy Poster Competition at ASSC-13 Berlin!

Congratulations to the winners of the ASSC-13 poster competition: first place Sebastian Watzl and second place Liz Irvine!

Sebastian Watzl - Columbia University - The Experience of Attention -

Liz Irvine - University of Edinburgh - Do Dissociations Work? -

May 2009

ASSC on Facebook

The ASSC Student Committee has lanched a page on Facebook. Anyone with a Facebook account is invited to add us as fans.

Please contact Chien-Hui (Lynn) Chiu ( if you have any questions.

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