The Eighth Conference of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness

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Thursday June 24

Satellite symposium on Coma and Impaired Consciousness. Download a detailed version of the satellite program [pdf 19k].

Friday June 25

9.15 - 12.15: Morning Workshops
13.45 - 16.45: Afternoon Workshops
17.00 - 18.10: Opening lecture by Petra Stoerig: Reflections on self-recognition followed by the proclamation of the ASSC William James Prize.
18.15: Opening reception at the 'Brantyser' (Sint-Jacobsmarkt 11-13), as indicated on map 5.

Main conference


Saturday June 26

9.20 - 9.30: Opening
9.30 - 10-30: Keynote lecture by Stanislas Dehaene:

  • The transition from non-conscious to conscious processing: Simulations and experimental tests of a neuronal workspace model. Chair: Thomas Metzinger

10.30 - 11.00: Coffee Break
11.00 - 13.00: Plenary Symposium: Brain function in pathological unconsciousness

  • Joy Hirsch: Principles of functional neuroimaging
  • Steven Laureys: Brain function in pathological unconsciousness
  • Adrian Owen: Using functional neuroimaging to detect residual cognitive function in persistent vegetative state
  • Nicholas Schiff: Characterizing residual cerebral activity following severe brain injuries

13.00 - 14.30: Poster session 1 (Food will be available, for a 'walking Lunch'

  • PS1: Vakalopoulos, Coello, Lucero, Bailey, Voelzke, Shanahan, Holland, Thomas Schmidt, Aleksander, Franklin, Chella, Dooremalen, Ansorge, Wierzchon, Tomiczek, Niklaus, Jakobsen, Hunt, Scharlau, Phaf, Sturzenegger, Balas, Reynvoet, Vandenberghe, Davelaar, Destrebecqz, Eckstein, Vellozzo, Jimenez, Dorris, Godlewska, Bach, Geng, Caessens, Repovs, Ruby

14.30 - 16.30: Concurrent session 1

  • CS 1.1. Philosophy 1 (Chrisley, Van Gulick, Veldeman, Reeve)
  • CS 1.2. NCC (Schwarzbach, Christensen, Sergent, Boly)
  • CS 1.3. Free will 1 (Huebl, Vierkant, Lau, Gomes)
  • CS 1.4 Implicit learning (Peigneux, Balas, Gaillard, Norman)

16.30 - 17.00: Coffee Break
17.00 - 18.00: Plenary debate: Stanislas Deheane and Daniel Holender on the plausibility of unconscious perception. Moderated by Axel Cleeremans.

Sunday June 27

 9.15 - 11.15: Plenary Symposium: The relationship of visibility, brightness, and salience to visual awareness. Chair: J. Kevin O'Regan

  • Ronald Rensink: Relating salience, attention, and visual awareness: The problem of ontological poverty
  • Susana Martinez-Conde: Shape and saliency are confounded in the early visual system
  • Steve Macknik: Physiological and perceptual studies of visibility and visual awareness in primates

11.15 - 11.45: Coffee Break
11.45 -12.45: Keynote lecture by Takeo Watanabe: Perceptual learning without conscious awareness is not passive
12.45 -14. 15: Poster session 2 (Food will be available, for a 'walking Lunch')

  • PS2: Bekinschtein, Legrand. Beaton, Schnakers, Todd, Frantzen, Bianca, Vosgerau, Cook, Rietveld, Delbecque, Blackmore, Hoogenboom, Twyman, Brown, Sweklej, Schmidt & Stoerig, Isenman, Turabi, Camprodon, Tanabe, Stoerig, Bengtsson, Torrance, Terrier, Sergent, Laurent, Schmidt-Felzmann, Melloni, Farber, Valente, Yao, De Preester, Daurat, McGann. Tschacher, Whiteley

14.15 - 16.15: Concurrent session 2

  • CS 2.1. Sensorimotor accounts (Bompas, Love, Philipona, Auvray)
  • CS 2.2. Visual approaches (Davies, Cohen-Kadosh, Sagiv, Zeman)
  • CS 2.3. Memory, attention & sensory integration (Hall, Wilken, Banks, Smallwood)
  • CS 2.4 Philosophy 2 (Lloyd, Kriegel, Meeks, de Regt)

16.15 - 16. 45: Coffee Break
16.45 - 18.45: Plenary Symposium: Dynamical approaches to Consciousness. Chair: Alva Noë.

  • Evan Thompson: Neurophenomenology and the neurodynamics of consciousness.
  • Jean-Philippe Lachaux: What was my subject doing ? The status of First person data in Brain Imaging
  • J. Scott Kelso: The complementary nature
  • Alicia Juarrero: Consciousness as a dynamic attractor

20.15: Conference dinner at the Elzenveld

Monday June 28

 9.30 - 11.30: Plenary Symposium: Conscious volition: experimental and conceptual approaches

  • Matthew Rushworth: The medial motor areas and voluntary action
  • Jonathan Cole: The sense of agency in clinical patients with sensorimotor impairments
  • Patrick Haggard: Neural events associated with awareness of simple intentional actions
  • Pierre Jacob: Varieties of self-awareness

11.30 - 12.00: Coffee Break
12.00 - 13.00: Keynote lecture by J. Kevin O'Regan: Phenomenal Consciousness Explained Better. Chair:Dan Lloyd
13.00 - 14.30: Lunch Break
14.30 - 16-30: Concurrent session 3

  • CS3.1. Biology/techniques (Breitmeyer, Schnakers, van Swinderen, Petrovic)
  • CS 3.2. Phenomenology (Mangan, Price, Myin-Germeys, Ohme)
  • CS 3.3. Self (de Vignemont, Lou, Barresi, Baars)
  • CS 3.4 Free will 2 (Jordan, Ehrsson, Pauen, Kiesel)

16.30 - 17.00: Coffee Break
17.00 - 18.00: Keynote lecture by Geraint Rees: Neural correlates of conscious and unconscious vision. Chair: Ned Block