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

The seventh meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness was held from May 30th to June 2nd, 2003, at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee. Contact us at

Models and Mechanisms of Consciousness

Invited plenary speakers and symposia addressed current empirical and theoretical issues in the study of consciousness, focusing on the theme of models and mechanisms of consciousness. The conference explored the many connections between models of consciousness and their psychological and neurobiological mechanisms, from the perspectives of philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, computer science, cognitive ethology, and artificial intelligence. Plenary symposia will included:

  • Global Workspace Theory
  • Computational models of consciousness
  • Binocular rivalry and the NCC
  • The role of feedback and re-entrant mechanisms in consciousness
  • Animal consciousness

The list of plenary speakers included Igor Aleksander, Bernard J. Baars, Ned Block, Sarah T. Boysen, Peter Carruthers, Axel Cleeremans, Daniel C. Dennett, Vince Di Lollo, Bill Fields, Stan Franklin, Walter J. Freeman, Christof Koch, Victor A.F. Lamme, David Leopold, Lionel Naccache, Alva Noe, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Aaron Sloman, Petra Stoerig and Frank Tong.

ASSC7 promoted interdisciplinary dialogue in the scientific study of consciousness, and as in previous years almost half the program was set aside for concurrent sessions of submitted talks. ASSC7 provided an excellent opportunity for the presentation of new empirical findings or novel theoretical perspectives in an atmosphere that will promote discussion and debate.

ASSC is the only international scientific organization devoted to the study of consciousness.

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