Secrets of the mind unlocked at consciousness conference
An international conference dedicated to examining the complex brain processes underlying consciousness is being hosted in Brighton this year by the University of Sussex’s Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science.
Understanding the biological basis of conscious experience is one of the great challenges for 21st century science. Neuroscientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, philosophers and others involved in this rapidly accelerating area of research will be descending on Brighton’s Dome and Corn Exchange for the 16th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC16) from July 2-6. An additional ‘satellite’ symposium on neuropsychiatry will take place at the University on July 7.
The programme of keynote talks, themed symposia and satellite sessions will cover topics such as implicit learning and perception, altered states, and time perception.
Anil Seth, Co-director of the Sackler Centre and chair of this year’s conference, says: “Developments in consciousness science are now yielding clinical insights for real practical importance across a wide range of neurological and psychiatric conditions. A true test of the value of science is its ability to enhance the human condition and the study of consciousness is now contributing here as well.”
Among more than 400 research projects being discussed at this year’s conference are several by University of Sussex researchers in diverse areas such as synaesthesia, hypnosis, and the connection between emotions and the heart.