Concurrent sessions

Concurrents 1-7, Tuesday April 4, 4:30 to 6:35 pm,

(Rooms: TCC = Tucson Convention Center; HA = Hotel Arizona)

1. Zombies and the Explanatory Gap   (TCC Mohave) Chair: Stephen Biggs
Beisecker D              The explanatory gap – From a zombie’s point of view
Horowitz A                  Conceivability, higher-order patterns, and physicalism
Piccinini G                 The case for physicalism from part-time analog zombies
Williford K                  The logic of phenomenal transparency: How to be a phenomenologist and a physicalist

Haukioja J                 A defence of the conditional analysis of phenomenal concepts

2. Consciousness and Self-Consciousness   (TCC Greenlee) Chair: Uriah Kriegel
Woodruff Smith D         The structure of inner awareness vis-a-vis same-order monitoring
Weisberg J                 The self-representational theory and the misrepresentation of consciousness

Schlicht T                    Kant on phenomenal consciousness and self-consciousness
Gennaro R                  Four theses on peripheral awareness
Langland-Hassan P   Imagining oneself: a modular account of thought insertion in schizophrenia

3. Vision and Attention   (TCC Maricopa)  Chair: Susana Martinez-Conde  
Macknik S                 Visibility, visual awareness, and visual masking of simple unattended targets are        

                                         confined to areas in the occipital cortex beyond human V1/V2

Delorme A                Neural dynamics of thought-full versus thought-free responses in orbitofrontal cortex
Wright M                   Late components of ERP correlated with visual awareness of change
Ford J                        Attention and the new skeptics
Hall L                        Choice blindness and introspective report: How something can be said about telling  

                                         more than we can know

4. Dreams   (HA Grand Ballroom East) Chair: Richard Bootzin
Krippner S                Dreams are not unpatterned: An argument for continuity between dream life and       

                                        waking life
Kahn D                     State-dependent thinking: A comparison of waking and dreaming thought

Gackenbach J         The relationship of video game play to dreams and other related consciousness forms

Naiman R                The suppression and rebound of dream consciousness as critical factors in major depression

Pagel J                     The sleep substrate of dreaming


5. Evolution   (TCC Graham) Chair: John Sanfey
Cousins S             The Evolution of nonalgorithmic consciousness
Noack R                 How a simple reversal in the preferred direction of information flow in the hominid  

                                       neocortex led to the mind’s "big bang:” The frontal feedback model
Ginsburg S            Associative learning as the functional context for the evolution of basic consciousness
Ketelaar T              A Darwinian approach to emotion: Translating the value function for gains and losses

                                      into positive and negative feeling states
Dooremalen H      The evolutionary function and the physiological realization of the experience of thirst


6. First Person Methodologies   (HA Mesquite) Chair: Anthony Freeman
Blackmore S        Driving beyond consciousness: A test of Multiple Drafts theory

Schwitzgebel E   Do things look flat?
Van Pelt JC          Dimensionality and experience: Methodologies for analogizing physical and experiential  

Van Lommel P    The informational fields of consciousness and the brain. A new concept based on recent

                                   scientific research on near-death experiences.
Havel IM                Liminal cases and mutual interplays of experiential modalities of life-world situations


7. Psychedelic/Altered States   (HA Grand Ballroom West) Chair: Logan Trujillo
Andel D               Effects of S-Ketamine on cognition and their alterations by pretreatment with clozapine,

                                    ketanserin, and haloperidol. A PET study.
Echenhofer F      EEG Coherence and experiential correlates during Ayahuasca experiences
Mercante M         The objectivity of spontaneous mental imagery: The spiritual space of a
                              Brazilian-Amazonian religion experienced by sacramental users of ayahuasca.

Rock A                 What is a shamanic pattern of phenomenal properties?
Britton W              Paradoxes and promises: Meditation effects on sleep in depression


Concurrents 8-14, Wednesday April 5, 4:30 to 6:35 pm

8. Representationalism   (TCC Graham) Chair: Burt Voorhees
Biggs S                   The scrambler: Against representationalism

Brook A                   The representational base of consciousness

Alter T                      Does synesthesia undermine representationalism?
Robinson W           Can representationalists be physicalists?
Schnetzer A            Human echolocation and sense individuation

9. Consciousness, Body, and Environment   (TCC Maricopa) Chair: Mike Bruno
Aizawa K                   Paralysis and the enactive theory of perception
Ellis R                        Does enactivism yield specific predictions?
Gertler B                    Am I embodied and embedded? Externalism and the self
Mandik P                   Phenomenal consciousness and the allocentric-egocentric interface
O'Callaghan C         Cross-modal illusions and perceptual content

10. Binding/NCC   (TCC Greenlee) Chair: Hakwan Lau
Mashour G           Cognitive unbinding as a general theory of unconscious processes
Hameroff S           The neuron doctrine, “hyper-neurons” and the NCC
Brown R                What is a brain state?
Faw B                    'Enabling' neural correlates for all consciousness: Latest findings in the mechanisms of 

                                       cortical 'arousal
Larock E                Neural synchrony, attention, and the unity of visual consciousness

11. Emotion   (HA Grand Ballroom East) Chair: Noam Sagiv
Panksepp J              Humans and other animals share many emotional feelings: Lessons from a cross-Species 

                                        affective neuroscience
Sundararajan  L      The “hard problem” in psychology of emotions, and how affective neuroscience can cut

                                        the Gordian knot with the sword of Peircean semiotics
Balcombe J             Being conscious of animal pleasure: An ethical perspective
Balleine B                Affect, arousal and reward in limbic-striatal circuits
Montague M             Fine-grained emotions: Framing the world

12. Quantum Foundations and Nonlocality   (TCC Mohave) Chair: Dean Radin
Baruss I                Notions of consciousness in quantum mind theories
Mureika J              Large extra dimensions: a tight squeeze for Orch-OR?
Whitmarsh S        Further support for the radical subjective solution of the measurement problem
Schumann T        Quantum theory and conscious experience 
Schwartz G           Predictors of improvement in self-reported health, pain, and mood in a sample of persons 

                                     undergoing coronary bypass surgery


13. Consciousness and the Arts   (HA Mesquite) Chair: Jim Laukes
Ascott R               Syncretic reality: New media art in the technoetic culture

Djikic M               When content matters more than form: Impact of aesthetic experience on emotion and

                                        value change in highly stressed individuals
Meyer-Dinkgrafe D   Consciousness (studies) and Friedrich Schiller’s concept of comedy
Dolinsky M           Visual analogy as a navigational tool in virtual reality for perceptual shifts
Punt M                  Cinema and consciousness: Model, paradigm or simulacra

14. Meditation   (HA Grand Ballroom West) Chair: Willoughby Britton
Travis F                Are all meditations the same? Comparison of brain patterns, mental benefits and

                                   descriptions of mindfulness meditation, Tibetan Buddhism, and Transcendental


Hackl W               The effects of Sahaja Yoga meditation on anxiety
Woollacott M       Effects of level of meditation experience on attentional focus: Is the efficiency of             

                                     executive or orientation networks improved?
Spiro D                 The physiology of mental silence: Is meditation the same as relaxation?
Manocha R          Meditation, Sahaja and the Indian idea of optimal consciousness: Reconciling the modern

                                   evidence base with popular and traditional perceptions by revisiting the original

                                   definitions of meditation

Concurrents 15-21, Friday April 7

15. Ontology of Consciousness   (TCC Mohave) Chair: Benjamin Kozuch
Stubenberg L           Searle's expanded notion of the physical
Welshon R                Dynamic emergence and the epiphenomenality of consciousness
Hoffman D                Conscious realism: A new formulation and solution of the mind-body problem
Lloyd P                       Individuation of personal minds in panexperientialist models
Horst S                      Laws, mind and freedom

16. Content and Consciousness   (TCC Graham) Chair: Casey O'Callaghan

Thompson B             The spatial content of experience

Sundstrom P             Sensory qualities and concept empiricism

Masrour F                  Conceptualism: A neo-Kantian defense

Kobes B                     Diachronic unity of consciousness without the specious present
Pitt D                           Intentional psychologism

17. Unconscious and Implicit Processes (HA Grand Ballroom East) Chair: Bart VanVoorhis
Destrebecqz A       Automatic priming and conscious expectancy in a simple reaction time task

Baumeister R        Consciousness, nonconscious processes, and logical reasoning: Experimental studies

Repovs G               Can only what we attend to be subliminally processed?
DeYoung C            The sources of insight: Conscious and unconscious problem solving
Weed L                    A relational view of self and mind

18. Cognitive and Computational Models   (HA Grand Ballroom West) Chair: Steve Macknik
Levine D                  A neural network theory of the development of rules for conduct
Sevush S                Bridging the microscopic and macroscopic levels of consciousness in single-neuron theories of consciousness
Medina J                  The clock speed of consciousness and the moral worth of mind
Chrisley R                Counterfactual computational vehicles of consciousness
Samsonovich A       The integrated self-aware cognitive architecture project

19. Disorders of Consciousness   (HA Mesquite) Chair: Melanie Boly
Ruby P                 Social mind representation : where does it fail in frontotemporal dementia ?
Sagiv N                Synesthesia, anthroporphization and animism
Hurlburt R            We can and we must explore inner experience carefully: Bulimia as an example
Gabriel R             Inability to make accurate explicit emotional judgments to familiar faces in a 

Nakamura Y        Persisting difficulties in overcoming dualism: A case study of the biopsychosocial model

                                    of pain

20. Ethics and Aesthetics   (TCC Greenlee) Chair: Anthony Freeman
Schleim S             The case of cognitive enhancement: An ethical perspective
Frank L                  A critique of mind augmenting technologies
Wallach W            Attention, choice and the co-evolution of consciousness and ethics
MacDonald-Glenn L   Neuroethics and the aw: Cognitive liberty and the Constitution

Stamenov M         Proust and the promised land of involuntary memory

21. Quantum Biology   (TCC Maricopa) Chair: Paavo Pylkkanen
Radin D                Entangled minds: Reassessing extrasensory experiences from a quantum ontology

Pereira A              Glutamatergic mechanisms at the sensory cortex supporting conscious perception
Davia C                 How long is a piece of time? - Phenomenal time and quantum coherence - Towards a solution.
Hu H                    Toward quantification and verification of spin-mediated consciousness theory and biological entanglement

Creath K               Biophoton imaging around and between plant parts: Are “auras” real?