VisionScienceList: CFP: ASSC5 - The Contents of Consciousness

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                            5TH ANNUAL MEETING
                       CALL FOR PAPERS & WORKSHOPS

                 Perception, Attention, and Phenomenology

                              May 27-30, 2001
                              Duke University
                        Durham, North Carolina, USA

    Consciousness has rich and diverse contents, from sensory experiences
    such as vision, audition, and bodily sensations such as pain, to
    non-sensory aspects such as volition, emotion, memory, and thought. All
    of these conscious states can be seen as part of the contents of
    consciousness. Furthermore, most conscious states can be seen as having
    representational contents of their own, in the sense that they are about
    something: objects and states of affairs in the world, or states of our
    own body. The contents of these states are all presented to us, in
    William James's powerful metaphor, as part of a "stream of

    The contents of consciousness raise many important questions: Just how
    rich is the content present in conscious experience? Do the contents of
    attention exhaust the contents of consciousness, or is there
    consciousness outside attention? What is the neural basis of the
    representation of conscious content? How does consciousness of our own
    body differ from consciousness of the external world? What methods are
    available to monitor the contents of consciousness in an experimental
    context? What is the relationship between consciousness and
    representation? All of these questions have been actively discussed in
    recent years by neuroscientists, psychologists, philosophers, and other

    The fifth conference of the Association for the Scientific Study of
    Consciousness will bring together researchers from numerous disciplines
    to discuss the contents of consciousness through an intensive series of
    workshops, plenary lectures, symposia, paper presentations and poster
    contributions extending over four days from May 27 through May 30, 2001.
     The meeting will take place in Durham, North Carolina, on the campus of
    Duke University.

    Topics that will be addressed include (among many others):

      * The relationship between attention and consciousness
      * The neural basis of attention and consciousness
      * The neural mechanisms of conscious representation
      * Current directions in inattentional and change blindness
      * The relationship between conscious and unconscious contents
      * Bodily awareness and pain perception
      * The relationship between consciousness, qualia, and representation
      * First-person and third-person methods for monitoring conscious contents

    A partial list of plenary speakers (to be expanded) includes:

            Larry Weiskrantz (OXFORD, Experimental Psychology)
            Earl Miller (MIT, Brain and Cognitive Sciences)
            Greg McCarthy (DUKE, Brain Imaging and Analysis Center)
            Ralph Adolphs (IOWA, Neurology)
            Jeremy Wolfe (HARVARD, Center for Ophthalmic Research)
            Ron Rensink (UBC, Psychology and Computer Science)
            Owen Flanagan (DUKE, Philosophy)
            William Lycan (UNC, Philosophy)

    For latest updates, please check our website:


    The web site will be continually evolving, so please visit often for
    updated information about the conference.


    Although the main theme of ASSC5 is "The Contents of Consciousness"
    and plenary sessions will deal largely with this theme, speakers in
    concurrent sessions are invited to talk on any topic relevant to the
    scientific study of consciousness. Submissions that include
    physiological, psychological, philosophical, and computational
    perspectives are welcome.

    Submissions for both posters and talks will be accepted. Any
    person may present only one submission, but may be co-author on
    several. The first author should be the presenting author. Oral
    presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, to be followed by a
    10-minute discussion period.

    Plenary lectures, symposia, concurrent sessions, and poster sessions
    will all be held on the Duke University campus.


    This is also a call for workshops. One of the aims of this meeting is
    to allow researchers to gain a background in areas that they may know
    little about. Towards that end a number of workshops are planned. Some
    participants in the conference would be very interested in learning
    about technical matters such as fMRI or other important brain imaging
    techniques. Others might enjoy a seminar on a philosophical topic. As
    with papers, the focus of all workshops should naturally fit within
    the overall theme of the conference. A non-exclusive list of possible
    topics might include:

        -- Brain imaging techniques (e.g. fMRI, EEG, MEG, ERP)
        -- Blindsight, neglect, or other neuropsychological syndromes
        -- Computational and other theoretical models of conscious processes
        -- Conscious and unconscious processing
        -- Neural basis of attention and consciousness
        -- Current models of the visual system
        -- Consciousness and metacognition
        -- Criteria for the ascription of consciousness
        -- Philosophical issues concerning consciousness and representation
        -- Phenomenological methods for investigating consciousness

    Workshops will be held in parallel sessions on the morning and
    afternoon of May 27th. Each workshop is intended to last approximately
    three hours. The sizes of workshops will vary between a minimum of 10
    to a maximum of around 25 people. Workshops that do not achieve the
    minimum enrollment of 10 people will not be offered. Workshop
    presenters will receive a $500 honorarium.



    Send Workshop presentation abstracts to:


    Send Oral (paper) or Poster presentation abstracts to:

    All submissions must include the following information in the order
    listed below and MUST BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY. Please note that there
    are two different addresses for paper and workshop proposal submissions:

    *** Note: Please reserve these addresses exclusively for submission of
    abstracts. Questions concerning the conference can be sent to:



    1. Conference ID (i.e., ASSC5), SURNAME of first author and descriptor
    (WORKSHOP or PAPER/POSTER) in the "subject" field of the email header.

            e.g.: ASSC5, Smith, WORKSHOP

    2. Name (first line), affiliation (second line), and ASSC membership
    status of each co-author indicated with asterisk (asterisk = member).

            e.g.: Smith, A.B.* and Jones, C.D.
                    University of Oxford, U.K.

    3. An abstract of up to 200 words for paper and poster submissions or
       of up to 500 words for workshop proposals.

    4. Complete contact information for the author with whom the scientific
       program committee will interact with about the submission:

            - Name
            - Institutional affiliation
            - Postal address
            - Email address
            - Telephone and fax numbers

    In addition paper and poster proposals should include the following

    5. One or two keywords describing the domain of your contribution

    6. An indication of whether an ORAL or POSTER presentation is requested.

    7. An indication of your willingness to present in the other format if
       your proposal cannot be included in the program as per your stated

    8. If you do not receive confirmation of receipt of your submission in
       10 days, send an e-mail inquiry to:


    Deadline for early registration: April 1, 2001.

    Registration fees: Early Late

    Non-members: $ 175 $ 225
    ASSC members: $ 140 $ 190
    Students/Postdocs: $ 75 $ 125
    Student ASSC members: $ 40 $ 90

    Note: All fees should be paid in U.S. dollars. Payment with credit cards
    will be possible.

    To register, please follow the instructions available from the
    conference website as they become available:



    All meetings and poster presentations will be held at the Duke
    University campus. Accommodations will be available both at Durham
    hotels at discounted rates and at air-conditioned single/double Duke

    Please check the website for information about accommodation options, as
    well as for further information about the paper and poster submissions;
    registration and submission forms; information about travel to Durham,
    North Carolina; and information about the scientific Program of the

    Tune in frequently -- the site will be constantly updated to reflect the
    latest information. To inquire about any aspect of the conference,
    please write to the local organizer at:


    To find out more about the Association for the Scientific Study of
    Consciousness, and to apply for membership, please consult:


    The ASSC publishes two scientific journals about which further
    information is available from the following websites:

            Consciousness & Cognition:


    ASSC-5 Conference Committee:

    Guven Guzeldere (Duke University, co-chair)
    Ron Mangun (Duke University, co-chair)
    David Chalmers (University of Arizona)
    Philip Merikle (University of Waterloo)
    Thomas Metzinger (Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz)

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