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Notice

AISB event Bulletin Item

Conference announcement: PERCEPTION, ACTION AND CONSCIOUSNESS: SENSORIMOTOR DYNAMICS AND DUAL VISION


Contact: nivedita.gangopadhyay@gmail.com.

Dates for your diaries: PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT:

PERCEPTION, ACTION AND CONSCIOUSNESS:
SENSORIMOTOR DYNAMICS AND DUAL VISION

1-3 July 2007
The Orangery, Goldney Hall (www.goldneyhall.com ), Clifton, University of Bristol, UK

Speakers:
Dana Ballard, Ned Block, Andy Clark, Mel Goodale, Susan Hurley, Mohan Matthen, David Milner, Mike Morgan, Alva No, Yves Rossetti, Jeroen Smeets, Giuseppe Vallar, Rob Wilson.

Sponsored by the AHRC via the grant on Consciousness in Interaction (CONTACT:  http://linus.media.unisi.it/cirg/contact/ ) made to Prof. Susan Hurley, under the ESF's programme on Consciousness in Natural and Cultural Context.

Organizer:  CONTACT post-doc Nivedita Gangopadhyay

Rationale:
There are two broad and influential perspectives on the relations of action to visual consciousness:  On the integrationist or 'active' or 'enactive' sensorimotor dynamics view, action is integral to consciousness. On the (relatively) separatist view, including the two visual systems view, sensorimotor control/dorsal functions are regarded as unconscious and consciousness is associated with ventral functions.

The time is ripe to bring  proponents of these different perspectives together, along with the distinct streams of evidence to which they appeal, in order better to understand whether there really is a conflict between them, how any conflicting lines of evidence might be reconciled, and the broader theoretical picture concerning relations between action and perceptual consciousness.  Relevant evidence includes the double dissociation between dorsal and ventral functions in optic agnosia and optic ataxia, plus the  implications of  motor neglect and of perceptual adaption for understanding relations between action and visual consciousness, and the various qualifications that have been made to the 'action-resists-illusions' line of thought.

Speakers will address theoretical issues about relations between action and perceptual consciousness and in particular between action-oriented views of perceptual consciousness and the dual vision view, taking a broad view of various strands of evidence and argument.


For all enquiries please contact nivedita.gangopadhyay@gmail.com.
(Please do not use the reply function.)
The conference is not yet open for applications to attend, but will be shortly.
Poster submissions will be invited.