New Frontiers In Studies Of Nonconscious Processing

 

April 8-11, 2007

The Banbury Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Long Island, NY (http://www.cshl.edu/banbury/index.html)

 

Sponsored by the Swartz Foundation (http://www.theswartzfoundation.org)

Organizers

 

Timothy D. Wilson

Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology

University of Virginia                                       

Email: tdw@virginia.edu

 

 

A.J.  (Ap)  Dijksterhuis

Professor

University of Amsterdam

Web page: http://home.medewerker.uva.nl/a.j.dijksterhuis/

Email: A.J.Dijksterhuis@uva.nl

 

 

Conference Description

 

There has been a renaissance of research on nonconscious mental processing, but much of this research is occurring in separate disciplines at different levels of analysis, from behavioral research to studies of neural processes, from experiment to early-stage theories. 

 

At this conference, we will bring together people from different disciplines (e.g., social psychologists, cognitive psychologists, computational neuroscientists, neural physiologists,  philosophers and theoreticians) who are interested in nonconscious processing and its relationship to human consciousness.

 

PROGRAM

 

Sunday, 8 April

Afternoon Arrival at Robertson House, Banbury Center, for registration and room assignment

6:00 pm Reception at Robertson House

7:30 pm Dinner at Robertson House

 

Monday, 9 April

7:15-8:40 am Breakfast at Robertson House

8:45-8:50 am Jan A. Witkowski, Banbury Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York: Introductory remarks.

8:50-12:30 pm SESSION 1

8:50-9:00 am Timothy D. Wilson, University of Virginia, Charlottesville and Ap Dijksterhuis, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Introductory remarks.

 

9:00-9:20 am Timothy D. Wilson, University of Virginia, Charlottesville: The necessity of nonconscious processing.

 9:20-9:30 am Discussion

 

9:30-9:50 am Daniel M. Wegner, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Unconscious wellsprings of conscious will.

9:50-10:00 am Discussion

 

10:00-10:20 am Ap Dijksterhuis, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

10:20-10:30 am Discussion

 

10:30-11:00 am Break

 

11:00-11:20 am Jonathan W. Schooler, University of British Columbia, Canada: The challenge of distinguishing between unconscious processes and processes that are experienced but in the absence of meta-awareness. 

11:20-11:30 am Discussion

 

11:30-11:50 am Daniel Gilbert, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts: The conscious misprediction of unconscious processes.

11:50-12:00 pm Discussion

 

12:00-12:30 pm General Discussion

 

12:45 pm Luncheon at Robertson House

 2:00-5:30 pm SESSION 2 

2:00-2:20 pm Jerome Swartz, The Swartz Foundation, East Setauket, New York

2:20-2:30 pm Discussion

 

2:30-2:50 pm Terry Sejnowski, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego, California: Searching for hidden treasure unconsciously.

 

2:50-3:00 pm Discussion

 

3:00-3:20 pm Xiao-Jing Wang, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut

 3:20-3:30 pm Discussion

 

3:30-4:00 pm Break

 

4:00-4:20 pm Anthony G. Greenwald, University of Washington, Seattle: Using knockout strategies to reveal conscious function.

4:20-4:30 pm Discussion

 

4:30-4:50 pm Michael N. Shadlen, HHMI, University of Washington, Seattle: Decisions, time, probability and indeterminacy: big ideas from small experiments.

 

4:50-5:00 pm Discussion

 

5:00-5:30 pm General Discussion

 

6:00 pm Reception at Robertson House

7:00 pm Dinner at Robertson House

 

Tuesday, 10 April

7:30-8:45 am Breakfast at Robertson House

9:00-12:30 pm SESSION 3

9:00-9:20 am Ran Hassin, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel: The nonconscious executive.

9:20-9:30 am Discussion

 

9:30-9:50 am Henk Aarts, Utrecht University, The Netherlands: Implicit motivation and regulation of goals and their pursuit.

9:50-10:00 am Discussion

 

10:00-10:20 am Stanislas Dehaene, CEA / SAC / DSV / DRM / Neurospin, Yvette, France: Human brain mechanisms of subliminal processing and conscious access.

10:20-10:30 am Discussion

 

10:30-11:00 am Break

 

11:00-11:20 am Scott Makeig, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla:

The edge of consciousness: Where do thoughts come from?

 

11:20-11:30 am Discussion

 

11:30-11:50 am Patricia S. Churchland, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla: Nonconscious imitation and valenced representations.

11:50-12:00 pm Discussion

 

12:00-12:30 pm General Discussion

 

12:45 pm Luncheon at Robertson House

 2:00-5:30 pm SESSION 4 

2:00-2:20 pm Melissa Ferguson, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York: On implicit evaluation.

2:20-2:30 pm   Discussion

 

2:30-2:50 pm Tanya L. Chartrand, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina: Nonconscious mimicry.

2:50-3:00 pm Discussion

 

3:00-3:20 pm Anthony Bell, University of California, Berkeley: Emergence into consciousness viewed from the levels framework.

3:20-3:30 pm Discussion

 

3:30-4:00 pm Break

 

4:00-4:20 pm Marcia Johnson, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

 

4:20-4:30 pm Discussion

 

4:30-4:50 pm Daniel L. Schacter, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Priming, implicit memory, and the brain: A neuroimaging perspective.

 4:50-5:00 pm Discussion

 

5:00-5:30 pm General Discussion

 

6:00 pm Reception at Robertson House

7:00 pm Dinner at Robertson House

 

Wednesday, 11 April

7:30-8:45 am Breakfast at Robertson House

9:00-12:00 pm SESSION 5

9:00-9:20 am C. Neil Macrae, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom: Action mirroring and person perception.

 

9:20-9:30 am Discussion

 

9:30-9:50 am Kent Berridge, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

 9:50-10:00 am Discussion

 

10:00-10:30 am Break

 

10:30-10:50 am Piotr Winkielman, University of California, San Diego: Emotion and awareness.

 10:50-11:00 am Discussion

 

11:00-12:00 pm General Discussion

 

12:15 pm Luncheon at Robertson House

 Meeting Conclusion

  

 

Preliminary List of Invitees

 

Henk Aarts, Utrecht University Netherlands  

Mahzarin Banaji, Harvard University  

John Bargh, Yale University   

Tony Bell, Berkeley    

Kent Berridge, University of Michigan

Tanya Chartrand, Duke University

Patricia Churchland, UC San Diego

Stanislas Dehaene, Collège de France         

Patricia Devine, University of Wisconsin

Ap Dijksterhuis, University of Amsterdam     

Dan Gilbert, Harvard University         

Tony Greenwald, University of Washington  

Ran Hassin, Hebrew University

Larry Jacoby, Washington University St. Louis         

Marcia Johnson, Yale University

Christof Koch, Cal Tech        

Neil Macrae, University of Aberdeen  

Scott Makeig, UC San Diego

Roddy Roediger, Washington University St. Louis   

Daniel Schacter, Harvard University  

Jonathan Schooler, University of British Columbia

John Searle, Berkeley

Terry Sejnowski, Salk

Mike Shadlen, University of Washington

X.J. Wang, Brandeis University         

Dan Wegner, Harvard University       

Timothy Wilson, University of Virginia    

Piotr WInkielman, UC San Diego     

 

 

 

 

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