Consciousness: from philosophy to neuroscience
Seminar organized by Benjamin Stucky and Daniel Kiper

   Fall semester 2018

Location: To be announced (check the UZH Vorlesungsverzeichnis)
Schedule: Thursday, 5.15-7.00pm (first lecture on Thursday 20.9.2018)

This course is intended for all students interested in the topic of consciousness and the NCC, i.e. the Neural Correlate of Consciousness.

Each session will include a presentation by one of the organizers, and will be followed by a general discussion.

The course's main language is english, but discussions and questions in german are also possible.


Most topics will be covered in articles and notes available on this web site, or that will be distributed during the course.
There will be three unannounced quizzes (multiple choice format) that will determine the final grade. You need at least two completed quizzes
to pass.

Here is a useful book "Philosophy of mind: a beginner's guide" by I. Ravenscroft that has been cleaned up and is searchable. In German, and in English

Successful completion of the course yields three credits.

Slides and readings

Here is a paper by D. Chalmers that you should read, it's a very good introduction to the study of consciousness.
20.9.2018: B. Stucky. Introduction

27.9.2018: B. Stucky. Philosophical approaches
Here is a new version of the slides.

Here are the slides
And here the link to the article Benjamin discussed.

Here are the slides

Student presentation (Alexander Nedergaard) on Integrated Information Theory (IIT).
Here is a useful article to prepare.

15.11.2018 and 22.11.2018
Visual experiments. Note: the course will start at 17.00 instead of 17:15 and will
end early (this is the last time...).
Here are the slides.

Here are also the last slides from Benjamin.

Electrical stimulation experiments

What can we learn from patients?

Hallucinations (special guest: J. Smallridge)