Event Date/Time: Apr 12, 2010 End Date/Time: Apr 17, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Nov 15, 2009
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Tucson conferences are known for rigorous, inter-disciplinary approaches to
understanding all aspects of the problem of conscious experience. As in
previous conferences, the program will include Plenary and Keynote talks,
Concurrent talks, Poster presentations, Art/Science demos and exhibits,
Pre-Conference workshops, Side trips and Social events.

Session themes will include

Brain default networks
Stimulus-independent thought
Mind wandering
Non-conscious processing
Machine consciousness
Body consciousness
Self and Transformation
William James Centennial

A major focus for the conference will be the inter-related topics of
Stimulus-independent thought, Brain default networks, Mind wandering, and
Unconscious processing.

Historically, brain correlates of consciousness have been approached along
hierarchical sensory processing, arousal and response. However recent work on
conscious brain activity in the absence of sensory inputs reveals brain default
networks, or the brains dark energy. How does this activity relate to
consciousness? To internally generated states like meditation, fantasy or mind
wandering? To global workspace theory? Is hierarchical thalamo-cortical
activity necessary for consciousness? Or can the processes underlying
consciousness self-organize through synchrony?


Additional Information

Pre-Conference Workshop Proposals should be sent to center@u.arizona.edu; Online Abstract submission available via the conference website at the end of September, 2009