What Does Implicit Cognition Tell Us About Consciousness?
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THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF CONSCIOUSNESS CALL FOR PAPERS, POSTERS & WORKSHOP PRESENTERS FOR A CONFERENCE ON: WHAT DOES IMPLICIT COGNITION TELL US ABOUT CONSCIOUSNESS? CLAREMONT COLLEGES & CLAREMONT GRADUATE SCHOOL JUNE 14-16, 1997: CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA The first conference of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness will be held at the Claremont Colleges, about an hour's drive from Los Angeles, over three days between the 14th and 16th of June 1997. The organising committee for the conference consists of: William Banks (Pomona College) Thomas Metzinger (Universitat des Saarlandes) Patrick Wilken (Monash University) Currently scheduled speakers include Bernard Baars, David Chalmers, Patricia Churchland, Owen Flanagan, John Gabrieli, Melvyn Goodale, Anthony Greenwald, Larry Jacoby, Christof Koch, Philip Merikle, David Milner and Daniel Schacter. ------ PAPERS ------ The phenomena of implicit cognition -- implicit memory, implicit learning, unconscious perception, blindsight, and so on -- have attracted widespread attention in recent years. This is partly because of their intrinsic interest, and partly because the study of these processes holds great promise as an empirical method for investigating consciousness. But although research in these areas has proliferated, the connections between this research and issues about consciousness have not yet been fully articulated. What have we learned about the conscious mind from the study of implicit cognition? This conference is intended to address this question, drawing systematic connections between implicit cognition and consciousness. Contributions to the conference should address both topics -- implicit cognition and consciousness -- rather than just one. We welcome both empirical contributions, using experimental research to help understand the nature of conscious and unconscious processes, and theoretical contributions that analyze or integrate existing work. A non-exclusive list of the issues that will be explored include: implicit memory in normals and amnesics and its relation to consciousness; perception without awareness; blindsight; perception of unattended material; non-conscious thought; neural correlates of conscious and unconscious processes; criteria for the ascription of consciousness; the function of consciousness; and the capacities and limitations of unconscious processing. It is intended that these topics will be covered in an interdisciplinary manner and towards this end speakers are invited to discuss these issues from philosophical, psychological and/or physiological perspectives. Papers will be accepted on the basis of their quality and suitability and not according to the author's affiliation with the association. Any person may only present one paper, but may be the co-author of others. Presentation time will be limited to 30 minutes, which includes a five minute discussion period. Sessions will be strictly timed. In addition to spoken papers there will be an opportunity to present posters during the conference. --------- WORKSHOPS --------- This notice is also intended as a call for workshop presenters. One of the aims of this meeting is allow researchers to gain a background in areas that they may know little about. Towards that end a number of workshops are planned. Is there a topic you or perhaps someone in your laboratory might want to present? 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, or on an article or recent book. If you have recently published a book or major article on some topic you might want to lead a discussion on it. As with papers the focus of all workshops should naturally fit within the overall theme of the conference. A non-exclusive list of topics that we intend presenting given sufficient interest include background briefings in: * The latest methods and implications of various brain scanning techniques (e.g. fMRI, EEG, SQUID, ERP). * Amnesic syndromes. * Blindsight. * Attentional and pre-attentional processes. * Neglect. * Current models of the visual system. * Criteria for the ascription of consciousness. The workshops will presumably be afternoon affairs, taking about 3 hours. Workshop presenters will receive a minimum honorarium of $500. The sizes of workshops will vary between a minimum of 10 to a maximum of around 20 people. Charges for workshops will be of the order of $50 to $100. When the announcement for the conference goes out in March, registrants will be asked to rank their preferences among the workshops (or choose none at all), and we will use a fair algorithm to assign people to their choices. Workshops that do not achieve the minimum enrollment of 10 people will not be offered. We will mail each attendee the workshops they have been enrolled in, along with a list of those that are not filled and can accept last-minute additions. ----------------------- SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS ----------------------- ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 20TH 1997. Submissions to be a presenter of either a paper, workshop or poster must include the following information: 1. Title. 2. An abstract of 150-250 words 3. Name(s) Institutional affiliation(s) Postal address(es) Email address(es) Telephone and fax numbers Membership status in the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (Full member, Affiliate, or Nonmember) For papers and poster presenters: 4. A specification of which co-author will present the paper/poster at the meeting 5. Be sure to indicate whether this is submitted as a a. Spoken presentation b. Poster And also, if your spoken presentation cannot be fit into the program, please indicate your willingness to present it as a poster instead: Yes__ No__ Please send - using email where possible - paper and poster proposals to: William Banks ASSC Conference Committee Department of Psychology Pomona College Claremont, CA 91711 Email: email@example.com Vox: +1-909-607-2227; Fax: +1-909-621-8623 Workshop proposals to: Patrick Wilken ASSC Conference Committee Department of Computer Science Monash University Clayton VIC 3168 Australia Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Vox: +61-3-9905-5227; Fax: +61-3-9905-5146 Further details concerning this conference will be placed on the ASSC website http://www.phil.vt.edu/assc over the coming months.