NIH/NSF Next Frontiers in Consciousness Research

June 26, 2023 | 9:00 - June 28, 2023 | 5:30

Format: Virtual Workshop

Background:  The neural basis of conscious awareness is one of the oldest and deepest mysteries in philosophy and science. How and why neuronal firing and synaptic activity should give rise not only to adaptive behavior but also to sentient experiences is a question that has long puzzled philosophers, scientists, and laymen alike. Recent insights into the nature of consciousness have arisen thanks to the rapid development of new behavioral paradigms, neuroimaging techniques, and theoretical frameworks. The field of consciousness science has seen explosive growth over the past three decades and this relatively young scientific discipline promises to have an enormous potential impact on medicine, society, and technology.

Goal of virtual webinar:  The objective of this workshop is to assemble experts from different sub-disciplines relevant to consciousness research (cognitive psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, computer science, bioethics, and medicine) together to synthesize the current state of knowledge about the neural mechanisms of consciousness (defined as conscious awareness), discuss theoretical and empirical approaches, define the most exciting avenues to advance the field, and develop a roadmap for future discoveries in the science of consciousness.

Audience(s): Consciousness researchers, scientists interested in consciousness science, anyone interested in the field.


  • Interested in learning about the neural basis of conscious awareness? Want to learn how to bridge the different disciplines relevant to consciousness science? Register for this workshop to learn about the latest experimental and theoretical research in this fast-growing field: Virtual Attendance