The ASSC: The ASSC was founded in 1994 as an academic society to promote rigorous research directed towards understanding the nature, function, and underlying mechanisms of consciousness. Its annual meeting alternates between North America, Asia, and Europe and is the premier international meeting in the field, attracting between 400-500 researchers and clinicians in a variety of disciplines and at all levels of seniority. Hosting the ASSC is a great honour for an institution and is awarded only after a competitive bidding process. ASSC16 is organized by the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at the University of Sussex (www.sussex.ac.uk/sackler).
ASSC16 is the 16th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. It takes place in Brighton, UK, from July 02-06, 2012. The 4 day meeting (plus 1 day of tutorial sessions) brings together leading researchers in neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science, philosophy, psychiatry, neurology, and computer science in a forum dedicated to showcasing and advancing rigorous scientific approaches to understanding the nature, function, and underlying mechanisms of conscious experience. Attendees are drawn from researchers, clinicians, students at all levels, as well as the interested media and public.
Registration is now open; early registration deadline is May 10th 2012 (www.theassc.org/assc16_registration). Early registration fees are £120 (student), £280 (ASSC member), £350 (non-member). Tutorials are £40 each.
- Victor Lamme, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Josef Perner, University of Salzburg
- Geraint Rees, University College London
- Tania Singer, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
- Tim Bayne, University of Oxford
- Christof Koch, Caltech (special lecture)
- Consciousness fading: key mechanisms of anaesthesia-induced loss-of-consciousness
Andreas Engel (Chair), Gernott Supp, Melanie Boly, Emery Brown
- Bringing the in-depth body to the surface: Interoception, awareness, and prediction
Manos Tsakiris (Chair), Hugo Critchley, Jim Hopkins
- Perceptual consciousness and cognitive access
Ned Block (Chair), Ilja Sligte, Jerome Sackur, James Stazicker
- Balancing the self: Vestibular contributions to self-consciousness
Christophe Lopez (Chair), Bigna Lenggenhager, Gabriela Bottini
- Heather Berlin, Nicholas Medford: The phenomenology, neurobiology, and neurocognitive basis of depersonalization
- Sue Blackmore: Meditation and consciousness: Two ways meditation can contribute to consciousness science
- Olaf Blanke, Thomas Metzinger: Towards a comprehensive theory of subjectivity and selfhood: Philosophy, cognitive science, neurology, and neuroimaging
- Axel Cleeremans, Morten Overgaard, Bert Timmermans, Ryan Scott: Behavioural methods to assess awareness
- Gustav Kuhn, Ronald Rensink: The science of magic: Turning magic into science!
- James Laban, Harutomo Hasegawa, Keyoumars Ashkan: Neurosurgery and its role in studying consciousness
- Devin Terhune: A primer on experimental hypnosis research
- Jamie Ward, Thomas Wright: Sensory substitution
Organization: ASSC16 is organized by Anil Seth and Zoltan Dienes (co-Chairs), with the help of a local academic committee comprising Hugo Critchley (BSMS), Jamie Ward (Psychology), Ryan Scott (Psychology), Nick Medford (BSMS), with administrative support from Hazelle Woodhurst (BSMS) and David Schwartzman(Informatics).
Please direct any enquiries about ASSC16, including press and exhibitor enquires, to D.Schwartzman@sussex.ac.uk.