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.

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. Brighton is a small city with conference facilities, hotels, restaurants, pubs, transport links, and the beach all within easy walking distance. ASSC16 is will be held in the superb Dome and Corn Exchange theatre complex, in the heart of Brighton’s artistic & cultural quarter. Provisional registration fees are now shown at

ASSC16 abstracts: General submission for abstracts for ASSC16 is now open. The deadline for abstract submission is 15 February 2012. All abstracts will be carefully considered by the ASSC16 scientific committee; accepted abstracts will be allocated either a poster presentation, or an oral presentation slot in one of the concurrent sessions. Any person may present just one submission but may be a co-author on more than one. For more details, please see
+ show speakers and program
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

Programme committee

Zoltan Dienes, University of Sussex

Anil Seth , University of Sussex

Frederique de Vignemont, Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris

Amanda Barnier, Macquarie University, Sydney

Sid Kouider, Ecole Normale Superiuere, Paris

David Edelman, The Neurosciences Institute, San Diego

Katalin Farkas, Central European University, Budapest

Joelle Proust, Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris

Olaf Blanke, EPFL, Lausanne

Olivia Carter, University of Melbourne

2 Jul - 6 Jul 2012

United Kingdom
meeting website