SAN DIEGO, USA, JULY 12-15, 2013


ASSC17 – The 17th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness – will take place in San Diego, USA, from July 12-15, 2013. ASSC 17 is intended to 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, psychology, medicine, philosophy, computer science, and cognitive ethology. ASSC17 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. Attendees will include researchers, clinicians, and students at all levels, as well as the interested media and public.

ASSC17 will be hosted by the Neurosciences Research Foundation and will convene at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, right on beautiful San Diego Harbor. The venue is located directly across from San Diego International Airport and is only a
5-minute cab ride from the bustling nightlife and trendy restaurants of downtown San Diego.

General submission for abstracts for ASSC17 is now open; the final deadline is March 22nd, 2013.

The program committee invites submissions for Talk and Poster presentations on any topic relevant to the scientific study of consciousness. Any person may present only one submission, but may be co-author on more than one. Submissions for both posters and talks will be accepted (please specify preference). However, you should be aware that there are a limited number of talk slots and poster spaces available. Talks and posters will be selected on the basis of the highest overall quality and relevance to the aims of the ASSC. All presenters must register for the conference (registration and payment can be made after acceptance notification has been received; registration details will be announced soon on the webpage Please note that author names will be stripped from submissions prior to review by the Scientific Program Committee to encourage the fairest possible evaluation (committee chairs will however have access to this information).

The maximum time allocated to each talk is 20 minutes (including discussion and transition between speakers). Speakers should aim to complete their talk in 15 minutes to allow at least 3-4 minutes for questions. Please note that, due to the limited time and space available, we will not be able to accept all abstract submissions. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this restriction may cause.

Oral and poster presentations will complement the exciting plenary program below:

Keynote Talks:
• Patrick Cavanagh (Paris)
• Itzhak Fried (Los Angeles)
• Shaun Gallagher (Memphis)
• Sabine Kastner (Princeton)
• Andreas K. Engel, Presidential Address (Hamburg)

• The Role of Prefrontal Cortex in Conscious Experience
Richard Brown (Chair), Rafi Malach, Joseph Levine, Dobromir Rahnev

• Projecting Bodily Consciousness: How the body affects consciousness in personal, peripersonal and interpersonal space
Olaf Blanke (Co-Chair), Thomas Metzinger (Co-Chair), Roy Salomon, Andrea Serino, Frédérique de Vignemont

• Beyond the contrastive method: How to separate the Neural Correlates of Consciousness from its Precursors & Consequences
Lucia Melloni (Chair), Stanislas Dehaene, Michael Pitts, Ned Block

• Ethical Implications of Detecting Covert Awareness in Disordersof Consciousness
Adrian Owen (Chair), Lorina Naci, Bryan Young, Daniel Bor, Charles Weijer, Andrew Peterson

• Using Bayes to Interpret Non-significant Results ( Zoltan Dienes)
• Representational Theories of Consciousness (Rocco Gennaro)
• Integrated information, predictive coding, and qualia (Anil Seth, Ryota Kanai)
• Investigating animal pain and consciousness (Paula Droege, Victoria Braithwaite)
• The Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness (Giulio Tononi, Christof Koch, Nao Tsuchiya, Masafumi Oizumi)
• Measuring (un)awareness (David Carmel, Steve Fleming)
• First-Person Methods: Philosophers' Dreams or Researchers' Nightmares? Perspectives from Philosophy and the Study of Dreaming (Jennifer M. Windt, Sascha Benjamin Fink)

Please direct any enquiries regarding ASSC 17 to Tobias Schlicht ( or David Edelman (

On behalf of the Local Organizing and Scientific Program Committees, we look forward to welcoming you to San Diego in July!