CIN Workshops: Games of the Brain – Introspection, Consciousness, and Cognitive Science

from: 2016, 20 Jun - 14:00 to: 2016, 21 Jun - 17:00

CIN Games of the Brain Workshop

A workshop with Wayne Wu (Carnegie Mellon)

June 20-21, 2016
University of Tuebingen

This workshop will focus on topics in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, especially introspection and consciousness. The workshop will revolve around a detailed discussion of three chapters from Wayne Wu's manuscript on introspection. Wayne Wu is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University and Associate Director of the Centre for the Neural Basis of Cognition. Issues to be covered include: introspection, consciousness, attention, control, and self-knowledge.

Public Talk: June 20, 2016, 6 pm

Workshop: June 20-21, 2016 (registration required)

DZNE Building
Otfried-Müller-Straße 23
72076 Tübingen
Bus stop: Uni-Kliniken Berg


Monday 20th June: DZNE Building

14.00-16.00: Paper 1: 'What introspection of perception is, as a psychological capacity’
Commentator: Katia Samoilova (CIN)

18.00-19.30: Public Talk by Wayne Wu: 'Neuroscience, Consciousness and Schizophrenia’
Abstract: What will a neuroscientific explanation of phenomenal consciousness look like? Given that consciousness is perennially shrouded in mystery, I begin with the conceptual challenges the task of neural explanation of consciousness raises, discussing several salient cases in the empirical literature. This leads to articulating clear explanatory and methodological principles that can regiment empirical work. These principles are then applied to current understanding of the positive symptoms of schizophrenia such as passivity phenomena, thought insertion, and in particular, auditory verbal hallucination understood as abnormal forms of consciousness. I criticize a common, perhaps the standard, account of these symptoms, and draw on my principles to suggest how we can move forward and understand consciousness in these cases.

Tuesday 21st June: DZNE Building

10.00-12.00: Paper 2: 'On blur and how introspection works there’
Commentators: Krisztina Orban (CIN) and Mog Stapleton (CIN)

15.00-17.00: Paper 3: 'On introspection, AVH in schizophrenia, and how to explain hallucination’
Commentator: Gregor Hochstetter (CIN)

The format of the workshop (except for the final talk) is pre-read. A commentator will open each session with a 15 min commentary, followed by open discussion with Prof. Wu.

The public talk at 18.00 on 20th June is open to all and no registration is required.
Attendance at the workshop is free, but registration is required. Registered participants will be given access to the chapters of the manuscript discussed. Participants are committed to reading the chapters that will be discussed in advance. If you would like to attend the workshop, please write to with your institutional affiliation, status, and a few sentences explaining your interest in attending.

We gratefully acknowledge funding from the DFG through the DFG Excellence Cluster, the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) at the University of Tübingen

Organised by the CIN Philosophy of Neuroscience Group (PONS), University of Tübingen

Location: DZNE Building, Otfried-Müller-Straße 23, 72076 Tübingen
  • Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience
Reseach Group: Philosophy of Neuroscience
Contact: Dr. Hong Yu Wong