The 10th Annual Conference of the American Synesthesia Association will be held at OCAD University, in the main Auditorium, on June 1 and 2, 2013. OCAD U is located at 100 McCaul Street, Toronto.
ASA Conference Registration
Conference registration is now open. Early bird rates are available until April 15.
Payment is by cheque or cash only. If you wish to register and pay early-bird rates at the door, please contact Carol Steen directly.
ASA Conference Keynote Lecture:
Synesthesia: A window into human consciousness and social cognition
Noam Sagiv, Brunel University, Centre for Cognition and Neuroimaging
Over the years we have come to realize that the study of synesthesia involves virtually every aspect of human cognition including perception, attention, memory, language, thought, emotion, and creativity. I will consider here two additional aspects: consciousness and social cognition. In the first part of this talk, I will argue that synesthesia could be used as a model problem for the scientific study of consciousness. I will highlight some of the areas in which synesthesia could generate insights into human consciousness. These include: Individual differences in conscious experience, the neural correlates of consciousness, how we construct the perceived world, and the development of consciousness. In the second part of the talk, I will review some of the work we have done on personification in synesthesia and how it ties into ordinary social cognition. These include phenomenological, behavioral, and neuroimaging studies. I will argue that frameworks for understanding synesthesia could be extended into the domain of social cognition and that the personification of objects or graphemes may provide a new point of view on one of the most central problems in human cognition – understanding other people’s state of mind.