By invitation

Academy Colloquium: The neural basis of unified consciousness

6 June 2018  -  8 June 2018
KNAW, Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
+31 20 551 0747
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Experts within the Netherlands and abroad are focusing on the mystery of unified consciousness. What can we learn from split-brain patients and the dominant theories of consciousness?

A healthy brain creates only one conscious person. But why is that? Why is there not a person per brain area? Perhaps it is because the brain shares so much information that a system is required.

This is intuitively plausible. However, recent split-brain research casts doubt on this reasoning. In the case of split-brain patients, there is hardly any communication between the two hemispheres of the brain. Even so, only one person seems to be created in their brain.

In this colloquium, experts will discuss possible explanations for unified consciousness.

The working language will be English.

A masterclass will follow on 8 June 2018.


Y. Pinto, V.A.F. Lamme, E.H.F. de Haan and F. de Lange