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The Second International Conference on Neuroscience and Free Will

April 22, 2019, 8 a.m.

We hosted the Second International Conference on Neuroscience and Free Will from March 14th to March 18th, 2019. The conference was organized by Uri Maoz.

 

This conference has been made available by the generous support of the Fetzer Franklin Fund and additional support from the President's Office and Crean College at Chapman University.

 

 

Below are some highlights from the conference.

 

 

Click here to view the complete conference schedule.

 


 

 

Conference Sessions

(Click on any title to view the corresponding abstract.)

 

FRIDAY MARCH 15  

       

Morning Session: Are We Going To Find Intentions In The Brain?

 

9:00am - 9:45am       Mark Hallett     

Are we going to find intentions in the brain?

 

Relevant paper 1    

Relevant paper 2

 

    

9:45am – 10:30am     Sebo Uithol   

On intentions and the real causes of our actions                                                                           

Relevant paper

 

11:00am – 12:00pm

Philosopher Response: Richard Holton

Panel: Mark Hallett, Richard Holton, Aaron Schurger, Sebo Uithol, Gideon Yaffe

 


 

Special Session: What Can Neuroscience Contribute to the

Philosophical Debate on Free Will?

Click on the participant’s name to view the question(s) they will pose.

 

1:30pm - 2:30pm         Alfred Mele

                                   Gideon Yaffe

                                   Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

                                   

 


 

 

Afternoon Session: Freedom In A Social Setting (Click for webcast)

 

3:00pm - 3:45pm        Marcel Brass

The influence of free will beliefs on intentional motor control and social perception

 

Relevant paper 1

Relevant paper 2

                         

3:45pm – 4:30pm       Hans Liljenström  

A neuro-cognitive approach to free will in social interaction

 

Relevant paper

 

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Philosopher Response: Eddy Nahmias

Panel: Marcel Brass, Hans Liljenström, Eddy Nahmias, Jonathan Schooler, Till Vierkant

 


 

 

SATURDAY MARCH 16

 

Morning Session: The Role of Randomness (Click for webcast)

 

8:30am – 9:15am       Björn Brembs

Conceptualizing freedom as a composite biological process   

                   

Relevant paper       

                                                      

9:15am – 10:00am      Gabriel Kreiman

Do neurons play dice? And does the answer matter for free will?

 

Relevant paper 1

Relevant paper 2

                   

10:30am – 11:30am (Click for webcast)                                                                                 

Philosopher Response: Tim O'Connor

Panel: Björn Brembs, Gabriel Kreiman, Tim O'Connor, Uri Maoz, Peter van Inwagen

 

 


 

Poster Session (Click for information)

12:00pm – 2:00pm

 


 

Afternoon Session: Are More Ecological Studies Too Confounded? (Click for webcast)

 

2:00pm – 2:45pm       Uri Maoz

Do the Libet results generalize to deliberate decisions?

 

Relevant paper

 

 

2:45pm – 3:30pm      Liad Mudrik  

Studying ‘real-life’ consciousness and volition: promise, challenges and perils

 

Relevant paper

                          

4:00pm – 5:00pm (Click for webcast)

Philosopher Response: Pamela Hieronymi

Panel: Pamela Hieronymi, Liad Mudrik, Uri Maoz, Gary Watson, Patrick Haggard

 

 


 

 

SUNDAY MARCH 17

 

Morning Session: Causality in Neuroscience (Click for webcast)

 

8:30am – 9:15am      John-Dylan Haynes     

Challenges to causal interpretation of decision-predictive brain signals

 

Relevant paper

                 

9:15am – 10:00am     Frederick Eberhardt

Causal Structure Discovery from Neural Data

 

Relevant paper

 

10:30am – 11:30am (Click for webcast)

Philosopher Response: Tim Bayne

Panel: Tim Bayne, Frederick Eberhardt, John-Dylan Haynes, Chris Hitchcock, Paavo Pylkkanen

 

 


 

Student-Led Session(Click for webcast)

12:00pm – 2:00pm

 

Panel Discussion: (Click for webcast)

Ned Block, Patrick Haggard, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Peter Tse

 

To facilitate more student engagement with the conference and their topics of interest, we have a student-led session. Here, the students decide on the format and the content. The first part of the session comprises of group discussions of 6 topics. There will be 3 simultaneously discussed topics for 40 minutes and then 3 others for the next 40 minutes. Then, in the second part of the session, there will be a panel discussion for 30 minutes.

 

 

Click here for details about the topics and participants.

 

 

 


 

Afternoon Session: What Is The Readiness Potential? (Click for webcast)

 

2:00pm – 2:45pm       Aaron Schurger

The time course of neural activity predictive of impending movement

 

Relevant paper 

 

 

2:45pm – 3:30pm       Patrick Haggard 

The Bereitschaftspotential and the cognitive neuro-ontology of voluntary action

 

Relevant paper 1

Relevant paper 2

Relevent paper 3

                         

 

4:00pm – 5:00pm  (Click for webcast)

Philosopher Response: Adina Roskies

Panel: Mark Balaguer, Patrick Haggard, Mark Hallet, Adina Roskies, Aaron Schurger

 


 

 

 

Poster Session Details (Click for webcast)

(Saturday 12pm - 2pm)

 

Click on any title to view the corresponding abstract.

 

1. Deciding or instructed to move or not move  

      Sanaz Attaripour Isfahani 

      National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

 

2. Picking and choosing. An ERP study of the neural correlates of meaningless

    and meaningful actions

      Sofia Bonicalzi

      Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

 

3. The Knobe effect attenuated in autism spectrum disorder and its neural basis

      Kazuki Iijima

      Tamagawa University

 

4. Bio-Agency and Natural Freedom

      Anne Sophie Meincke

      University of Southampton

 

5. Using placebo machines to influence agency over thoughts,

    attitudes, and behaviours

      Jay Olson

      McGill University

 

6. Exploring free will with magic tricks: using magicians' forces to unveil

    psychological factors involved in our illusory sense of agency over choices

      Alice Pailhes

      Goldsmiths University of London

 

7. Do we know what we are about to do? A real-time EEG study of intention awareness

      Elisabeth Parés Pujolràs

      University College London

 

8. Interpretive-Sensory Access to One's Will

      Paulius Rimkevicius

      Vilnius University

 

9. Revisiting behavioral and electrophysiological evidence against free will:

    are they limited to meaningless decisions only?

      Yarden Shir

      Tel Aviv University

 

10. Testing the Conditional Ability to Do Otherwise in the Court of Popular Opinion

        Siyuan Yin

        Duke University

 

11. Freedom and free will: impact of phrasing on intuitions

      Jake Gavenas

        Chapman University Brain Institute

 

12. Using Pupillometry to Assess Conscious Intention

        Andy Liang

        Chapman University Brain Institute

 

13. Timing the onset of deliberate and arbitrary choices

      Alice Wong

        Chapman University Brain Institute

 

14. Compact 3 DOF Driving Simulator using Immersive Virtual Reality

       for ecological decision making

        Jungsu Pak

        Chapman University Brain Institute

 

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Student-Led Session Details

(Sunday 12pm - 2pm)

 

12:00pm - 12:40pm

 

Topic Moderator

Are we going to find intentions in the brain?

Jake Gavenas

The role of randomness

Jungsu Pak

Causality in neuroscience

Alice Wong

 

 

12:40pm - 1:20pm

 

Topic

Moderator

Freedom in a social setting

Jungsu Pak

Will findings generalize to distal intentions?

Alice Wong

Noise and responsibility

Jake Gavenas

 

 

1:20pm - 2:00pm

Panel Discussion

 

Students are welcome to add questions for the 6 topic discussions and for the panel using this link. Only the students can edit the spreadsheet of questions, but everyone can view the questions.

 

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