CFP: CFPs: 2015 ASSC Workshop on Sensorimotor Theory

Submission deadline: March 2, 2015

Conference date(s):
July 4, 2015

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Conference Venue:

Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, Université Paris Descartes
Paris, France

Topic areas


The Sensorimotor Theory of Consciousness:

Developments and Open Questions

The ERC Advanced Project of J. Kevin O'Regan is pleased to announce the

ASSC Satellite Workshop, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of July 2015,?Paris, France

Keynote Speakers

-       Anthony Chemero (University of Cincinnati)

-       Alva Noë (University of California, Berkeley)

Invited Speakers

-       Malika Auvray (Institute Jean Nicod, Paris)

-       Xabier Barandiaran (University of the Basque Country)

-       Andreas Engel (University Medical Center, Hamburg)

-       Erik Myin (University of Antwerp)

According to the sensorimotor approach, progress toward dissolving the mysteries of consciousness can be made if experience is conceived of as a kind of bodily engagement with the environment, rather than something that happens only in the brain. Specifically, this approach claims that perceptual consciousness depends on implicit mastery of sensorimotor contingencies, the pattern-like ways that sensory inputs change as a function of movement. Since its original philosophical statement (O’Regan and Noë, 2001), the theory has been extended and developed in various ways, resulting in a rich set of empirical and philosophical ideas about conscious experience. The aim of the Workshop is to bring together scientists and philosophers to discuss key issues that a future sensorimotor theory should tackle.

The workshop is part of the FEEL project financed by the European Research Council and hosted by the Laboratory of Perception Psychology of the University Paris Descartes.



We invite submissions engaging with one or more of the following topics:

-       What kind of experimental work can we do to evaluate the role of sensorimotor contingencies (SMCs) in consciousness?

-       How do we formalize the concept of SMCs?

-       How do we account for the difference between conscious and unconscious exercise of sensorimotor mastery?

-       How (if at all) can a sensorimotor approach ‘scale up’ to things like social cognition and abstract thought?

-       What role do neural processes play? And how does sensorimotor theory relate to the predictive coding approach?

We also welcome contributions on other relevant topics and subtopics, which may address empirical work and/or conceptual issues.


Deadline for submissions: March 1st 2015

Notification expected by April 15th 2015

Submissions may be extended abstracts or full papers and should be between 500 and 3,000 words and should be sent in .pdf or .docx format by the deadline to

Format: 20-minute oral presentations (plus 10 minutes for discussion)



Everybody is welcome. Participation is free but places are limited. TO REGISTER, please contact our ERC Lab manager Niclette Bukasa Kampata [email protected]


Centre Biomédical des Saints Pères

45 Rue des Saint Pères

75006 Paris, France


Accommodation nfo will be made availableon the conference website

For questions, please contact our ERC Lab manager Niclette Bukasa Kampata [email protected]


David Silverman, Lucia Foglia, Jan Degenaar and Kevin O’Regan

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