BRIGHTON, UK, JULY 02-06 2012

Early registration for ASSC16 will end on MAY 10 2012  Spaces are limited for tutorials and the conference dinner, so register early to ensure you get your preferred choices and save money too!ASSC16 is the 16th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness.  It will take 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.  (Please note that ASSC16 does not clash with London olympics!)
A one-day satellite symposium on ‘Neuropsychiatry and Consciousness: Bringing Consciousness Science to the Clinic’ will take place on July 7th, at the Sussex University campus (see  This event requires separate registration.
ASSC16 is part what will be a citywide celebration of consciousness science.  The headline event will be a free-entry one-day public-event on consciousness science, on June 30th, featuring a wide range of interactive exhibits: Other informal events engaging both academics and the general public will take place throughout the week at various locations in Brighton.ASSC16 will be organized by the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at the University of Sussex (  Brighton, affectionately known as ‘London by the sea’ is a popular international conference destination.  It is only 49 minutes by train from central London and just 30 minutes from Gatwick International Airport (LGW; there are also easy transport links from Heathrow).  Brighton is a small city with conference facilities, hotels, restaurants, pubs, transport links, and the beach all within easy walking distance. ASSC16 will be held in the superb Dome and Corn Exchange theatre complex, in the heart of Brighton’s artistic & cultural quarter (   Accommodation details can be found on the the main conference webpages (

Oral and poster presentations, drawn from over 400 submissions, will complement the exciting plenary programme below (a full programme will be available shortly):
Keynote speakers:
Victor Lamme (University of Amsterdam, President). You have conscious sensations without knowing it.
Josef Perner (University of Salzburg). Infants’ sensitivity to others’ beliefs: Unconscious theory of mind?
Geriant Rees (University College London). Decoding consciousness.
Tania Singer (Max Planck Institute, Leipzig). Social emotions from the lens of social neuroscience.
Tim Bayne (University of Oxford). The unity of consciousness.
Christof Koch (Allen Brain Institute, Special Lecture). Studying the murine mind using large-scale observatories.
Plenary symposia:
1. Consciousness fading: key mechanisms of anaesthesia-induced loss-of-consciousness
Andreas Engel (Chair), Gernott Supp, Melanie Boly, Emery Brown
2. Bringing the in-depth body to the surface: Interoception, awareness, and prediction
Manos Tsakiris (Chair), Hugo Critchley, Jim Hopkins
3. Perceptual consciousness and cognitive access
Ned Block (Chair), Ilja Sligte, Jerome Sackur, James Stazicker
4. Balancing the self: Vestibular contributions to self-consciousness
Christophe Lopez (Chair), Bigna Lenggenhager, Gabriela Bottini
1. Heather Berlin, Nicholas Medford: The phenomenology, neurobiology, and neurocognitive basis of depersonalization
2. Sue Blackmore: Meditation and consciousness: Two ways meditation can contribute to consciousness science
3. Olaf Blanke, Thomas Metzinger: Towards a comprehensive theory of subjectivity and selfhood: Philosophy, cognitive science, neurology, and neuroimaging
4. Axel Cleeremans, Morten Overgaard, Bert Timmermans, Ryan Scott: Behavioural methods to assess awareness
5. Gustav Kuhn, Ronald Rensink: The science of magic: Turning magic into science!
6. James Laban, Harutomo Hasegawa, Keyoumars Ashkan: Neurosurgery and its role in studying consciousness
7. Devin Terhune: A primer on experimental hypnosis research
8. Jamie Ward, Thomas Wright: Sensory substitution

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