April 3


April 4


April 5


April 6


April 7


April 8


1.S. Martinez-Conde and

   S. L. Macknik

2. Uriah Kriegel

3.K.A. McGovern & B.J. Baars  

4. Anthony Freeman

Workshops 3

1. Hakwan Lau

2. Noam Sagiv

3. J.A. Goguen

4. Charles T. Tart

5. Dean Radin

6. P. Pylkkanen, N.J. Woolf, J.Tuszynski, S. Hameroff
7. Bernard J. Baars

Plenary 2:

Dream debate:

Hobson, Solms

Plenary 5 Meditation:

Schlitz, Lutz, Dunne

Plenary 7

Self representation: Rosenthal,

Kriegel, van Gulick

Plenary 10

Visual fading


Simons, DeWeerd

    Break Break Break Break

Plenary 3:TBA

Plenary 6: Hofstadter Plenary 8: Searle

Plenary 11:


Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch

Workshops 2

1. W. Freeman &

    R. Quiroga
2. Mark Solms

3. C. Saron &

  A. Wallace
4. S. Blackmore

5. M. Slater& M. Sanchez-Vives

6. D. Meyer-Dinkgräfe & W.S. Haney II

Plenary 1


W Freeman, Ralph Freeman, Lau

Plenary 4





Plenary 9

Vegetative. states

Schiff, Laureys, Castejon

Plenary 12

Virtual reality and representation

Sanchez-Vives, Lehar, Pylkkanen


Concurrents 1-7


2 Cs+Self CS

3 Vision/Attention

4 Dreams

5 Evolution

6 First person

7 Altered states

Concurrents 8-14


9Cs, Body,Env

10 Binding/NCC

11 Emotion

12 QF/nonlocal

13 Cs & Arts

14 Meditation


Desert Museum

Concurrents 15-21

15 Ontology

16 Content



19Disorders of Cs


21Quantum biology

  Opening Reception Poster Session 1   Poster Session 2 "End-of-Consciousness" Party
        Poetry Slam  

Concurrent sessions/Speakers

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

1. Zombies and the Explanatory Gap
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
Woodruff Smith          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 D   Imagining oneself: a modular account of thought insertion in schizophrenia

3. Vision and Attention
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
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



5. Evolution
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
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
Shanon B            Hallucinations - a framework for research

Cahn R                Psilocybin effects on spontaneous EEG and visual event-related potentials and a

                                    comparison to the EEG effects of meditation
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
Britton W              Paradoxes and promises: Meditation effects on sleep in depression



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

8. Representationalism
Biggs S                  The scrambler: Against representationalism

Bourget D               Pure representationalism about phenomenal consciousness: A live option

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

 9. Consciousness, body, and environment

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
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
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
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
Schwartz G           Predictors of improvement in self-reported health, pain, and mood in a sample of persons 

                                     undergoing coronary bypass surgery
Jain S                    Biofield therapies: helpful or full of hype? A systematic review of clinically-relevant  



13. Consciousness and the arts
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
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, 4:30 to 6:35 pm, Rooms to be announced

15. Ontology of Consciousness
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

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
Destrebecqz A       Automatic priming and conscious expectancy in a simple reaction time task

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

Van Overscheide J Do judgments of learning (JOLs) tap future mental states?
Isenman L              Unconscious congnition, intuition, and 'a blink of the eye'
Repovs G               Can only what we attend to be subliminally processed?

18. Cognitive and Computational Models
Levine D                  A neural network theory of the development of rules for conduct
Bieberich E              Distributed and focal representation spaces in consciousness are identical if complete
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
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
Esrock E               Empathy and embodiment

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
Stamenov M         Proust and the promised land of involuntary memory

21. Quantum biology
Radin D                Entangled minds: Reassessing extrasensory experiences from a quantum ontology

Bernroider G        Adding entanglement to cause and effect in the brain: Ion-channels realize large-scaled  

                                    entangled quantum-phase gate logics
Pereira A              Glutamatergic mechanisms at the sensory cortex supporting conscious perception
Creath K               Biophoton imaging around and between plant parts: Are “auras” real?


Toward a Science of Consciousness 2006


Monday, April 3

9:00 am – 1:00 pm         Pre-conference Workshops

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm         Pre-conference Workshops

Tuesday, April 4

9:00 am – 1:00 pm         Pre-conference Workshops

Exhibitor Set-up in TCC Foyer

2:00 pm – 4:10 p.m.       Plenary Session 1 – Leo Rich Theater (TCC)

4:30 pm – 6:35 pm         Concurrent Session 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm         Reception - Radisson

Wednesday, April 5

7:00 am                            Poster Board Setup - Gila, Coconino & Apache/Cochise (TCC)

8:30 am – 10:40 am      Plenary Session 2- Leo Rich Theater

11:10 am - 12:30            Plenary Session 3 - Keynote Address - Leo Rich Theater

2:00 pm – 4:10 pm         Plenary Session 4 - Leo Rich Theater

4:30 pm – 6:35 pm         Concurrent Session 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm       Poster Session 1 – Gila, Coconino & Apache/Cochise (TCC)

Thursday, April 6

8:30 am – 10:40 am        Plenary Session 5 – Leo Rich Theater

11:10 am – 12:30 pm     Plenary Session 6 - Keynote Address - Leo Rich Theater

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm         Open (Field Trips)

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm         Conference Banquet – Sonoran Desert Museum


Friday, April 7

8:30 am – 10:40 am        Plenary Session 7 – Leo Rich Theater

11:10 am – 12:30 pm     Plenary Session 8 - Keynote Address - Leo Rich Theater

2:00 pm – 4:10 pm         Plenary Session 9 – Leo Rich Theater

4:30 pm – 6:35 pm         Concurrent Session 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm       Poster Session 2 – Gila, Coconino & Apache/Cochise (TCC)

10:00 pm – 12:00 am     Poetry Slam - Graham

Saturday, April 8

8:30 am – 10:40 am        Plenary Session 10 – Leo Rich Theater

Poster Board take down and removal

11:10 am – 12:30 pm     Plenary Session 11 – Keynote Address – Leo Rich Theater

2:00 pm – 4:10 pm          Plenary Session 12 – Leo Rich Theater

4:10 pm                              Exhibitor breakdown & move out

7:00 pm                            "End of Consciousness" Conference Party - Location TBA