Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference 2009: Announcement and Call for Papers

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(Original posted on 15 Nov. 2008)
Investigating Inner Experience
Brain, Mind, Technology

Hong Kong, China, June 11-14, 2009

Long a meeting place for Eastern and Western ideas and the media capital of Asia, Hong Kong, China hosts the 15th in a series of Toward a Science of Consciousness conferences held yearly since 1994. The conferences are known for broad, interdisciplinary and multi-faceted approaches to the age-old question of how the brain produces consciousness awareness

Subjective inner experience has long been approached through introspection, mysticism, and meditative contemplation, and revealed through art, mythology and ritual. In the past half century, science has found computation among neurons to explain brain functions, and promoted the possibility of conscious machines. Now, various media technologies attempt to communicate, simulate and re-create inner experience. In a spirit of synergy, the conference is organized along three entwined themes.

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ASSC Conference, June 2008

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Location: Gis Convention Center, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Date: June 19-22, 2008
Click here for conference website 

We are glad to announce that the 12th annual meeting of Association for Scientific Study of Consciousness will be held for the first time in Asia during 19-22 June, 2008, in Taipei, Taiwan.
The conference will take place at the heart of Taipei city, National Taiwan University.

Taipei is the home of Taipei 101, currently the tallest building in the world, and the National Palace Museum, with the world’s most sophisticated collection of Chinese art/antiques.
Within a short drive, the famous marble Taroko Gorge, sub-tropical forests covering towering mountains, and rising cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean are all within your reach.

Please join us in a meeting that will both stimulate your mind and senses at ASSC 12, Taipei.
To enquire about the meeting, please mail to

Scientific Program Committee Co-chairs: 
       Ralph Adolphs, California Institute of Technology, USA 
       Allen Houng, National Yang Ming University, Taiwan

Local Organizing Committee Co-chairs: 
       Allen Houng, National Yang Ming University, Taiwan
       Jong-Tsun Huang, China Medical University, Taiwan

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Gene variants may increase risk of anxiety disorders

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anx.jpegFrom physorg: Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers – in collaboration with scientists at the University of California at San Diego and Yale University – have discovered perhaps the strongest evidence yet linking variation in a particular gene with anxiety-related traits. In the March issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, the team describes finding that particular versions of a gene that affects the activity of important neurotransmitter receptors were more common in both children and adults assessed as being inhibited or introverted and also were associated with increased activity of brain regions involved in emotional processing.

“We found that variations in this gene were associated with shy, inhibited behavior in children, introverted personality in adults and the reactivity of brain regions involved in processing fear and anxiety,” says Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD, of the MGH Department of Psychiatry, the report’s lead author. “Each of these traits appears to be a risk factor for social anxiety disorder, the most common type of anxiety disorder in the U.S.”

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Consciousness, Brain Rhythms, and the Perception-Action Cycle

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A Workshop at the University of Memphis
May 3-4, 2008

A wave of scientific findings is now emerging on brain rhythms in consciousness, perception, autobiographical memory, action planning and attention. This small, intensive workshop presents five leading researchers in the field, discussing their work with a small audience. Students, scientists and the public are welcome to attend.

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Toward a Science of Consciousness: 2008 Conference

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The eighth biennial Tucson conference, hosted by the Center for Consciousness Studies and the University of Arizona, continues an interdisciplinary tradition of intense, far-ranging and rigorous discussions on all approaches to the fundamental issue of how the brain produces conscious experience.

The conference will take place from April 8-12, 2008 at the Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona.

For more information, please check the conference website.

APS 20th Annual Convention

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The Association for Psychological Science (APS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation.

From May 22-25, 2008, the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers will host thousands of psychological researchers as they converge for presentations by award-winning scientists and leaders across all areas of psychology.

For more information, please check the conference website.

15th Annual CNS meeting

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This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS). Founded in 1994, CNS’s mission was to provide its members with a forum to present posters, symposia and to engage in scientific discourse on the understanding of the nature of the mind. 15 years later, CNS’s mission is the same and the Society is going strong thanks to the involvement of its 2,000 members world wide. As usual, the annual meeting promises not to disappoint and it is scheduled to take place from Saturday, April 12 to Tuesday, April 15 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco, California.

For more information, please check the conference website.

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48th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society

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The Psychonomic Society promotes the communication of scientific research in psychology and allied sciences.  The 48th Annual Meeting of the Society will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Long Beach, California from November 15 – 18, 2007.

Click here to pre-register.  For more information, please check the conference website.

CSBBCS 17th Annual Meeting

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brainbw.jpgThe Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS) is a non-profit organization whose primary function is to advance Canadian research in experimental psychology and behavioral neuroscience. The 17th annual meeting for the CSBBCS will be held at the University of Victoria, British Columbia from June 15-17, 2007. Online registration is available until June 15, 2007.

For more information, please check out the conference website.

The 13th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping

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hbm.gifThe 13th annual meeting for the Organization of Human Brain Mapping will be held in Chicago, Illinois at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers from June 10-14.

The purpose of the Organization is to advance the understanding of the anatomical and functional organization of the human brain and to bring together scientists of various backgrounds who are engaged in investigations relevant to human brain organization.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

2007 Annual Meeting for the Society for Philosophy and Psychology

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The 2007 annual meeting for the Society for Philosophy and Psychology will take place from June 14-17. It will be held on the Keele campus of York University in Toronto, Canada.

The stated purpose of the SPP is to promote interaction between philosophers, psychologists and other cognitive scientists on issues of common concern.

For more information please visit the conference website.

ASSC 2007

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The 11th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness will take place between June 22nd and June 25th, 2007, at the Imperial Palace Hotel, Las Vegas.

ASSC11 will promote interdisciplinary dialogue in the scientific study of consciousness. ASSC members as well as non-members are encouraged to submit contributions that address current empirical and theoretical issues in the study of consciousness, from the perspectives of neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, computer science, and cognitive ethology. ASSC11 will provide an excellent opportunity for the presentation of new empirical findings or novel theoretical perspectives in an atmosphere that will promote discussion and debate.

Philosophy of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Biology

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bristol.jpgFollowing the success of PPNB 2005 in Oxford, the CONTACT project is hosting PPNB 2007 in Bristol and PPNB 2008 in Edinburgh.

We aim to bring together young researchers interested in mind-world relations, to address philosophical issues raised by empirical work in psychology, neuroscience, biology, and other life sciences. Relevant topics include: consciousness, perception, emotion, covert processing and related dissociations, ecological or embodied approaches to the mind, representation in neural networks, social cognition, motor control and voluntary action, simulation theory, evolutionary psychology, issues of group selection, the relation of thought to language, mental disorders, the evolution of language, animal minds, modularity, rationality, cognitive and biological issues concerning complexity or emergence, dynamic versus computational views of cognition, and so on.

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Consciousness: The WebCourse

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January 22 to April 9, 2007
Sponsored by the
University of Arizona
Center for Consciousness Studies
Tucson, Arizona

To register please go to this site

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Quantum Mind 2007

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congress_logo_website-kopie_low.jpgQuantum Mind, 2007

University of Salzburg, Natural Science Building, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

17th-20th July

The mechanism by which the brain produces or allows for conscious experience remain enigmatic, causing scientists and philosophers to look to quantum mechanics and quantum field theories to help explain the mystery.

Along these lines, the third in a series of quadrennial conferences on quantum approaches to consciousness – Quantum Mind 2007 – will be held during July 17-21, 2007 at the University of Salzburg, Austria
Conference themes will include:
  • Biological signaling at the Quantum Scale (molecular dynamics, quantum superpositions and entanglement)
  • Classical – Quantum Correspondence
  • Gamma Synchrony Coherence – is it a quantum effect ?
  • Time and Retro-Causation
  • Quantum Logics in the Brain
  • Pan-Protopsychism and Quantum Reality
  • Neuropharmacology and Quantum Mechanics
  • Cosmology and Consciousness

Toward a Science of Consciousness 2007

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Budapest, Hungary, July 23-26, 2007

Abstract submission deadline: January 15

Registration before April 15: 200 € (students 150 €)
  after April 15: 250 € (students 200 €)
  at the conference: 300 € (students 250 €)

Organizing Committee
George Kampis (Chair, ELTE)
Katalin Mund (Coordinator, ELTE)
Gábor Forrai (U. Miskolc)
Zoltán Jakab (TU Budapest)
Ádám Miklósi (ELTE)
János Tõzsér (ELTE)

Levente Móró (Turku)
Péter Fazekas (London)

International Program Committee
Ivan Havel (Chair, Prague)
John Bickle (Cincinnati)
Axel Cleeremans (Brussels)
Shaun Gallagher (Orlando)
Joseph Goguen (San Diego)
Robert Van Gulick (Syracuse)
Stuart Hameroff (Tucson)
Juraj Hvorecki (Prague)
Howard Robinson (Budapest)
Andreas Roepstorff (Aarhus)
Maxim Stamenov (Sofia)
Dan Zahavi (Copenhagen)
Jordan Zlatev (Lund)

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Consciousness without reference

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Consciousness Without Reference – Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Hallucination, Imagination, and Dream
Fifth Düsseldorf Workshop “Philosophy and Cognitive Science”

12 Feb. – 16 Feb. 2007, Düsseldorf, Germany


The workshop will be held predominantly in German Preliminary Programme

  • Mo 10:00-12:00 Dr. M. Werning (Düsseldorf) Das Problem des Bewusstseins aus philosophischer Sicht
  • 3:15-14:30 Das Problem der Missrepräsentation
  • 14:45-16:00 Das Halluzinationsargument
  • Di 10:00-12:00 Prof. Dr. Gaebel (Düsseldorf) Psychiatrie als Fachgebiet und Einführung in die Psychopathologie
  • 13:15-14:00 PD Dr. J. Zielasek (Düsseldorf) Klinisches Beispiel: Schizophrenie
  • 14:00-14:45 Dr. C. Brandt (Bethel) Veränderte Bewusstseinszustände im epileptischen Anfall
  • 5:00-16:00 Dr. J. Cordes (Düsseldorf) Transkranielle Magnetstimulation zur Therapie von Halluzinationen
  • Mi 10:00-12:00 Prof. Dr. T. Kircher (Aachen; angefragt) Funktionelle Bildgebung bei Halluzinationen
  • 13:15-14:45 A. Baumann, MA (Düsseldorf) Stigmatisierung
  • 15:00-16:30 Dr. A. May (Bochum) Fürsorge und Patientenautonomie
  • Do 10:00-12:00 J. Windt, MA (Mainz) Traum und Halluzination
  • 13:15-16:00 Weitere Vorträge zum Thema Traum
  • Fr 10:00-12:00 Dr. M. Werning/PD Dr. J. Zielasek When Self-Consciousness Breaks
  • 13:15-14:30 Dr. M. Werning Imagination und Selbstbewusstsein
  • 14:45-16:00 Plenum Abschlussdiskussion