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Bodily sensations and bodily awareness:

building blocks of subjectivity

October, 10-11



Bodily sensation is a key component of self-awareness, but the cognitive and neural processes that transform specific sensory inputs into a general sense of one’s own body are scarcely understood.  At this meeting, experts in psychology, neuroscience and philosophy will focus on how the brain integrates sensory inputs into a coherent representation of one’s own body.  In addition to considering perceptual and neurophysiological data, the meeting will cover conceptual work assessing how integrative somatosensory and motor processing might contribute to the sense of self, and what kind of self might result from such mechanisms.

The workshop will include both leading experts in their fields and early career researchers.

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Monday 10th October

Institut des Etudes Avancées, 17 Quai d'Anjou, 75004 Paris

09.30 Registration/coffee

Chair : Frederique de Vignemont

09.55 Welcoming remarks

10.00 Catherine Tallon-Baudry, LNC "Visceral inputs, brain dynamics & subjectivity"

11.00 Mariana Babo-Rebelo, LNC, «Neural responses to heartbeats encode the self in spontaneous thoughts. » 

11.15 Coffee break

11.30 Luigi Tame, Psychology department Birkbeck College, « Modulatory Effects on Structural Body Representations »

11.45 Manolo Martinez, Philosophy department, University of Barcelona, "What does reward represent?"

12.45 Brianna Beck, ICN, UCL « Pain, action, and the sense of agency »

13.00 Lunch break

Chair : Patrick Haggard

14.30 Flavia Mancini, Department of Neuroscience, UCL « Making sense of where it hurts: spatial coding of nociceptive input »

15.30 Giandomenico Iannetti and Rory Bufacchi, Department of Neuroscience, UCL « Characterising peripersonal space with behavioural geometry »

16.30 Coffee break

17.00 Or Yizhar, The Cognitive Science Program, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem « Posture influences spatial perception of tactile temporal stimuli on inner arm »

17.15 Frédérique de Vignemont, Institut Jean Nicod, « The spatiality of pain and touch : how different? »

18.15 End of session


Tuesday 11th October

Département d’Etudes Cognitives, ENS, Salle Langevin, 29 Rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris

Chair : Frédérique de Vignemont

9.00 Patrick Haggard, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL, « Three levels of somatosensory spatial organisation »

10.00 Matt Longo, Psychology department Birkbeck College, « Body Representations in 2D and 3D »

11.00 Coffee break

11.15 Elena Azanon, Psychology Department, Birkbeck College, «Tactile distance as a basic somatosensory feature »

11.30 Vincent Hayward, ISIR, UPMC Paris, « Coding body-world interactions through mechanical invariants »

12.30 Lunch break

Chair : Frederique de Vignemont

14.00 Jessica Hartcher-O'Brien, ISIR, « The mind's perspective on touch is not arbitrary»

14.15 Alessandro Farne, INSERM, « Touch here touch there: Tactile interference and facilitation across body parts »

15.15 Luke Miller, « Feeling touch on a hand-held object  »

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 Zohar Tal, Department of Medical Neurobiology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. «Topographic characteristics of somatosensory perception, imagery and multisensory body processing.»

16.15  Amir Amedi, Department of Medical Neurobiology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  « An alternative view of 'visual' cortex organization and its dependence on visual experience and visual input »

17.15 End of meeting