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  • 16:00

    Jesse Prinz

    Where and When Does Consciousness Arise in the Brain

    Room: FdP-104

    There has been an ongoing search to find the psychological and neural correlates of consciousness. To do this when must ask both where consciousness arises in the flow of information and when it arises. Drawing on a large body of empirical evidence, this presentation argues that consciousness arises at a particular stage of information processing ("the intermediate level") and it arises when and...

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  • 28 November 2012 November

    From 28 November 2012 09:00 To 30 November 2012 23:00

    Marcel Brass

    The functional neuroanatomy of intentional action


    The question of how we can intentionally control our behaviour has an enduring fascination for philosophers, psychologists and neurologists. Nevertheless, a deeper understanding of the cognitive mechanisms and functional-anatomical principles underlying intentional action is still lacking. Over the last few years we have started to investigate two fundamental aspects of intentional behaviour. The ...

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  • 19 March 2013 March

    From 19 March 2013 16:00 To 19 March 2013 18:00

    Agnes Kovacs

    The Building Blocks of Theory of Mind: belief files and further functional sub-components

    Room: Sala -Direzione

    Everyday social interactions require efficient mechanisms to infer others’ goals and beliefs. While research in the last 30 years suggested that such “Theory of Mind” (ToM) abilities arise only after the age of four and require effortful computations, recent evidence shows that even young infants succeed on implicit ToM tasks. Thus, despite extensive research, the development an...

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  • 10 May 2013 May

    From 10 May 2013 14:00 To 10 May 2013 16:00

    Francesco Pavani

    La plasticità del cervello tra mito e realtà

    Room: Sala -Direzione

    Il concetto di plasticità cerebrale è quasi entrato a far parte del linguaggio comune, comparendo ormai frequentemente tanto nelle comunicazioni scientifiche quanto nei mezzi di comunicazione di massa. Viene usato genericamente per indicare il fatto che il cervello cambia durante l'arco della vita e che può essere plasmato dall'apprendimento; e viene usato per promuovere tecniche di appre...

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  • 21 May 2013 May

    From 21 May 2013 14:00 To 21 May 2013 16:00

    Emiliano Ricciardi

    Una rappresentazione sopramodale e topografica delle azioni nel cervello umano

    Room: Sala -Direzione

    Il recente sviluppo di sofisticate metodologie di esplorazione funzionale del cervello, quali la risonanza magnetica funzionale (fMRI), ha permesso di esaminare i correlati neurali delle attività cerebrali in maniera non invasiva direttamente nell’uomo, in condizioni fisiologiche o in presenza di patologie mentali. Mediante paradigmi sperimentali sempre più raffinati si è cominciato a...

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  • 22 May 2013 May

    From 22 May 2013 12:00 To 22 May 2013 14:00

    Pier Francesco Ferrari

    Development of the mirror system under the lens of intersubjectivity and evolutionary theory

    Room: Sala -Direzione

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  • 12 November 2015 November

    12 November 2015 10:00

    Johannes Roessler

    Teleology and Intentional Explanation

    Room: 422

    In this talk I compare and contrast three conceptions of reason-giving explanations of intentional actions: 'theory theory', simulation theory, and teleology. I make a case for teleology, and bring out some of the repercussions of this debate for work in developmental psychology on the acquisition of a 'theory of mind'.

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  • 14 December 2015 December

    From 14 December 2015 12:00 To 14 December 2015 14:00

    Guido Barchiesi

    motor responses to action observation: a dual-route account

    Room: M205 Santa Sofia

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  • 25 January 2016 January

    From 25 January 2016 12:00 To 25 January 2016 14:00

    Marta Bortoletto

    TMS-EEG: A novel technique to study cortico-cortical connectivity

    Room: FdP - Enzo Paci

    In the past, the major focus of research defining the brain-behavior relationship was to identify the segregated brain regions recruited by a given task. More recent developments have emphasized the importance of distributed networks at all levels, from individual neurons to neural populations and brain regions. Defining the human brain connectome has become one of the major goals of ...

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  • 15 February 2016 February

    From 15 February 2016 12:00 To 15 February 2016 14:00

    Olivier Collignon

    Space without sight

    Room: FdP - Enzo Paci

    Vision typically provides the most reliable information about our surrounding space. What happens when you cannot rely on this sensory input due to blindness? I will explore the behavioral and brain reorganizations that occur in blind people for the processing of space. Aside from quantitative differences, I will demonstrate that congenitally blind individuals have a qualitatively different way of...

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  • 25 February 2016 February

    From 25 February 2016 12:00 To 25 February 2016 14:00

    Nico Orlandi

    Bayesian perception is ecological perception

    Room: FdP - Enzo Paci

    There is a certain excitement in vision science concerning the idea of applying the tools of Bayesian decision theory to explain our perceptual capacities. Bayesian models are thought to be needed to explain how the inverse problem of perception is solved, and to rescue a certain constructivist and Kantian way of understanding the perceptual process. Anticlimactically, I argue both that Bayesian o...

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  • 29 February 2016 February

    From 29 February 2016 12:00 To 29 February 2016 12:00

    Zaira Cattaneo

    From symmetry perception to neuroaesthetics.

    Room: FdP - Enzo Paci

    Bilateral symmetry is a prominent feature of the visual world. Not only are human faces and bodies symmetric, but most other living organisms have at least one axis of symmetry, as do manufactured items, such as tools and buildings. I’ll present the results of a series of experiments that shed light on the neural correlates of visual (and haptic) symmetry detection, also considering the case of ...

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  • 14 March 2016 March

    From 14 March 2016 12:00 To 14 March 2016 12:00

    Simone Schutz-Bosbach

    Self and Other in the Human Sensorimotor System and Beyond

    Room: FdP - Enzo Paci

    People experience and think of themselves as individuals or as a “self” that forms a coherent entity and is clearly distinct from other persons and the world that surrounds them. Recent theories emphasize the sensorimotor experience of the body as the basis of self-awareness. Here intentional actions make a key contribution to the sense of self by allowing the interaction with the world in a f...

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  • 23 March 2016 March

    From 23 March 2016 12:00 To 23 March 2016 14:00

    Işık Sarıhan (Central European University & University of Fribourg)

    How Relevant is Neuroscience to Philosophy of Mind?

    Room: Enzo Paci

    The interaction between neuroscience and philosophy have two main aspects. One concerns the philosophers’ interest in the issues that arise within neuroscience, the findings of the field and the claims made by neuroscientists, and the philosophers’ function as a conceptual and logical corrector or aide towards a more accurate science. The other aspect concerns the relevance of the findings of ...

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  • 31 March 2016 March

    From 31 March 2016 12:00 To 31 March 2016 12:00

    Massimiliano Cappuccio

    What are skills, and what does disrupt skillful performance? A portable dynamic EEG study on choking effect

    Room: Sala Seminari

    What are embodied skills, how do we learn them, and what psychological factors disrupt them? The study we are conducting at the Interdisciplinary Cog Sci Lab of UAE University addresses these issues by complementing behavioral experimentation with the data collected through a portable dynamic wireless EEG system. Our approach targets skill disruption (aka “choking effect”) as a way into more f...

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  • 18 April 2016 April

    From 18 April 2016 12:00 To 18 April 2016 12:00

    Aikaterini Fotopoulou

    Bodily Sense and Sensibility: Anosognosia, Asomatognosia and Anorexia

    Room: FdP - Enzo Paci

    According to the ‘embodied cognition’ approach several facets of selfhood are causally related to the physical body and its properties. In cognitive neuroscience, primary sensorimotor signals are thought as integrated and re-represented in various levels of the neurocognitive hierarchy to form a number of neurocognitively distinct bodily models, including unconscious and consci...

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  • 26 April 2016 April

    From 26 April 2016 00:00 To 26 April 2016 00:00

    JOB 2(+2) year Postdoctoral Fellowship (deadline 26th April 2016)

    Acting Together: Coordination, Collective Goal, and Cooperation

    Room: University of Milan

    The Department of Philosophy and the Centre for the Study of Social Action (CSSA) at the University of Milan are delighted to announce the opening of a post-doctoral position on Acting Together: Coordination, Collective Goal, and Cooperation. The project, which is jointly led by Professors Hykel Hosni and Corrado Sinigaglia, spans formal and experimental methods and will put particular emphasis on...

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  • 09 May 2016 May

    From 09 May 2016 12:00 To 09 May 2016 14:00

    Thomas Brochier

    Cortical networks for hand dexterity

    Room: FdP - Enzo Paci

    The dexterity of the hand in grasping and manipulating objects is one of the distinctive properties of human and non human primates. Grasping movements involve transforming the visual properties of the object into the coordinated activation of arm and hand muscles to move the upper limb in a coherent way. The cerebral cortex, with its descending outputs to the brainstem and the ...

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  • 16 May 2016 May

    From 16 May 2016 14:00 To 16 May 2016 16:00

    Garrett Mindt (Central European University)

    The Problem with the ‘Information’ in Integrated Information Theory

    Room: Enzo Paci

    Giulio Tononi’s proposed theory of consciousness – Integrated Information Theory (IIT) of Consciousness – presents an interesting advance in the scientific study of consciousness. Tononi suggests that consciousness is quantifiable in both quantity and quality in terms of integrated information. Accordingly, information is one of IIT’s two foundational pillars (alongside integration) and if...

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  • 30 May 2016 May

    From 30 May 2016 16:00 To 30 May 2016 18:00

    David Pitt (California State University)

    Phenomenal Compositionality and Context Effects

    Room: Aula Enzo Paci

    If there is a “phenomenology of cognition” – a sui generis conceptual, or propositional, kind of phenomenology that constitutes the content of conscious occurrent thought – then one would expect that it is compositional. That is, one would expect that thought content is compositional – that the content of a complex concept or thought is a function of the contents of its constituent conc...

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  • 03 October 2016 October

    From 03 October 2016 16:00 To 03 October 2016 18:00

    Andy Clark

    Perceiving as Predicting?

    Room: Sala di Rappresentanza del Rettorato - FdP 7

    According to an emerging vision in computational and cognitive neuroscience, perception (rich, full-blooded, world-presenting perception of the kind we humans enjoy) depends heavily on prediction. To perceive, if this schema is correct, is to meet incoming sensory information with a set of matching ‘top-down’ predictions, where these amount to the brain’s best guesses about the shape of the ...

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  • 10 October 2016 October

    From 10 October 2016 10:00 To 10 October 2016 12:00

    Cosimo Urgesi

    Top-down modulations of motor resonance to social stimuli

    Room: Sant Sofia - M205

    Several previous studies have shown a muscle-specific facilitation of cortico-spinal excitability during observation of others’ actions (motor resonance). While motor resonance has been shown to be automatically triggered independently from the observer’s effort to simulate the actions, high-level aspects of actions, including the actor’s intention and context, can modulate its extent and sp...

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  • 25 October 2016 October

    From 25 October 2016 13:00 To 25 October 2016 15:00

    Francesca Forle (San Raffaele, Milano)

    Movement in Music. An Enactive Account of Music Dynamic Qualities

    Room: Sala Enzo Paci

    Music moves us, both emotionally and physically. We are often more or less physically drawn into music, for instance in tapping along with a rhythm or, obviously, in dancing. In moving with music, we can come to bodily feel musical dynamism and expressive features, often having a more vivid perceptual experience than one we can have when just sitting on a chair. These phenomenological traits make ...

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  • 08 November 2016 November

    From 08 November 2016 13:00 To 08 November 2016 15:00

    Antonella Tramacere (Georg-August-Universität - Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Institute for Advanced Study, Göttingen)

    Mirror neurons in the tree of life: A mosaic evolution hypothesis of the social brain

    Room: Sala Enzo Paci

    I will approach the evolution of the social brain, by focusing on the properties of mirror neurons (MNs), which constitute one of its important parts. I will offer a novel, unifying, and testable account of MNs evolution according to the available data, integrating a substantial amount of apparently discordant research, including the plasticity of MNs during development, their adaptive value and t...

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  • 15 November 2016 November

    From 15 November 2016 13:00 To 15 November 2016 15:00

    Sofia Bonicalzi (UCL, Institute for Advanced Studies, London)

    Free will and mental causation

    Room: Sala Enzo Paci

    The problem of mental causation lies at the core of the interaction between neuroscience and philosophy of mind. However, one might doubt whether the two disciplines are dealing with the same conceptual issues. In philosophy of mind, the interest for mental causation often grows from the dispute between compatibilist and incompatibilist perspectives about metaphysical determinism and free will...

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  • 22 November 2016 November

    From 22 November 2016 13:00 To 22 November 2016 15:00

    Sam Clarke (University of Oxford)

    Don’t Fail the Module! On the assessment of Fodor’s modular/non-modular distinction

    Room: Sala Enzo Paci

    Jerry Fodor has famously, and persistently, argued that the human mind is made up of modular and non-modular cognitive systems. Typically, this is understood as the claim that some (but only some) cognitive systems (the modular ones) display a cluster of properties to some interesting extent (e.g. informational encapsulation, inaccessible processing, shallow outputs, and so on). But this is a mist...

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  • 29 November 2016 November

    From 29 November 2016 13:00 To 29 November 2016 15:00

    Janko Nesic (University of Fribourg)

    Ego as an individual substance

    Room: Sala Enzo Paci

    According to Gurwitch’s (1941) canonical distinction there are egological and non-egological theories of consciousness. An egological theory would maintain that, when I watch a film, there is a self or ego being aware of itself as an ego watching a film, it is a metaphysical and phenomenological truth that every experience is for a subject. Non-egological theory sees this experience as an anonym...

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  • 05 December 2016 December

    From 05 December 2016 12:00 To 05 December 2016 14:00

    Michela Balconi


    Room: TBA

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  • 06 December 2016 December

    From 06 December 2016 13:00 To 06 December 2016 15:00

    Sam Cloake (University of Liverpool)

    The Concept of Perceptual Experience and the Limits of Representationalism

    Room: Sala Enzo Paci

    In the past fifteen years the widespread assumption in analytic philosophy of perception that perceptual experience can be analysed in terms of a subject’s relation to representational content has been challenged (Travis 2004, Brewer 2006), and an alternative theoretical approach – ‘naïve realism’ – put forward (Brewer 2011; Martin 2002, 2004). According to this alternative, the phenome...

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  • 13 December 2016 December

    From 13 December 2016 13:00 To 13 December 2016 15:00

    Andrea Polonioli (University of Birmingham)

    The adaptive rationality of confabulation(s)

    Room: Sala Enzo Paci

    In 2011, the Edge Foundation posed the following question to dozens of academics, writers, and intellectuals: ‘What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?’ They received nearly 200 responses on a variety of topics, ranging from evolutionary biology and theoretical physics to economics and psychology. Interestingly, cognitive psychologist Fiery Cushman argued tha...

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  • 20 December 2016 December

    From 20 December 2016 13:00 To 20 December 2016 15:00

    Émile Thalabard, Matthias Michel (Paris-Sorbonne, SND)

    The overflow argument and the global workspace theory of consciousness

    Room: Sala Enzo Paci

    In the debate on the nature of consciousness, the sparse view is opposed to the rich view. On the sparse view, consciousness is a global phenomenon in the brain (i.e., involving both sensory and executive systems), it is constituted by cognitive access, and it depends on the attentional resources of working memory. On the rich view, consciousness is not identical with the encoding of informati...

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  • 10 January 2017 January

    From 10 January 2017 13:00 To 10 January 2017 15:00

    Valentina Petrolini (University of Cincinnati)

    Are Mental Disorders Continuous with Healthy Functioning? A New Proposal for a Dimensional Model in Philosophy of Psychiatry

    Room: Sala Enzo Paci

    In this talk I put forward a novel approach to psychopathology that aims to describe and classify mental disorders in a dimensional way. This step proves crucial in providing a defense of what has recently come to be known as the Continuity Thesis (CT) in philosophy of psychiatry (see Bortolotti 2009). I believe a convincing defense of CT should be two-fold. First, it has to provide a model of men...

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  • 17 January 2017 January

    From 17 January 2017 13:00 To 17 January 2017 15:00

    Gabriele Ferretti (University of Urbino, University of Antwerp)

    Visual Representations in Action

    Room: Sala Enzo Paci

    It is easy to claim that the hottest debate in contemporary philosophy of mind and of perception is about whether the mind perceptually represents the properties of the world and, provided that a positive answer is possible, the question is about which properties of the world are represented in perception (Siegel 2006; Nanay 2013). That said, several philosophers claim that we perceptually re...

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