The 3rd annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC 3)

Consciouness and Self: Nueral, Cognitive and Philisophical Issues (ASSC 3)

June 4-7, 1999
London, Canada, the University of Western Ontario

Consciousness involves not just the passive experience of sensory contents, but the active involvement of an agent. Phenomena such as volition, social cognition, metacognition, self-recognition, self-modeling, reflection, and planning all suggest that "self"-related phenomena may be central to an understanding of consciousness.

Recent neurophysiological and neuroimaging research has linked these self-related activities to specific brain activities, especially in prefrontal cortex. Neuropsychologists have studied numerous disorders of the self, often forcing our intuitive ideas about self to be revised. Psychologists have investigated the role of self and agency in memory, personality, volition, metacognition, and many other areas. Cognitive models have suggested a central role for "executive systems" in understanding these self-related phenomena of consciousness. And philosophers have analyzed the relationship between consciousness, self, and self-consciousness, with some arguing that self-directed cognition is at the core of consciousness.

Local Organizer: Prof. Mel Goodale

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Confirmed speakers include:

  • Jonathan Cole
  • Chris Frith
  • Gordon Gallup Jr.
  • Marc Jeannerod
  • Nancy Kanwisher
  • Alan Leslie
  • Thomas Metzinger
  • Morris Moscovitch
  • Tom Nelson
  • David Perrett
  • Michael Petrides
  • Giacomo Rizzolatti
  • David Rosenthal
  • Endel Tulving
  • Daniel Wegner