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Sense of agency: Theory, methods and application

Monday 2nd December 2013



Sense of agency, the subjective feeling of controlling one's actions, is an area of increasing interest in cognitive science, psychology and psychiatry. This one day, interdisciplinary workshop will bring together researchers, philosophers and clinicians to explore ideas and practical applications related to sense of agency research. We are very fortunate to be hosting three national and international keynotes for this event. Our morning keynote session will address clinical aspects of sense of agency and will feature a presentation from Flavie Waters (University of Western Australia). Our afternoon keynote session will address methodological issues in sense of agency research, with a particular focus on the intentional binding technique. This session will feature presentations from James Moore (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK) and Marc Buehner (Cardiff University, UK), discussing alternate interpretations of experimental data related to the connection between time perception and sense of agency. This inclusive and collegial workshop will be an opportunity for researchers to present and discuss experimental, clinical or philosophical work within the broad domain of sense of agency.

Keynote Speakers

Associate Professor Flavie Waters

A/Prof Flavie Waters is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Clinical Research in Neuropsychiatry (CCRN) and School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia, and Research Director of the Western Australia North Metro Older Adult Mental Health Services. Her research aims to understand and characterise the brain-behaviour relationship of neuropsychiatric disorders. She is interested in characterising the brain mechanisms underlying auditory hallucinations, first rank passivity symptoms and delusions, using cognitive, electrophysiology and sleep-wake assessments. A related area of interest involves understanding self-recognition mechanisms through the use of experimental tools, such as the rubber hand illusion, to induce body illusions in clinical and non-clinical populations. A final area of interest is how body experiences change after the administration of psychoactive substances.

Dr James Moore

Dr James Moore is a Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. His research aims to understand the neurocognitive processes supporting the experience of human action. He uses a range of methods and approaches including patient studies, psychopharmacology, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and functional neuroimaging (fMRI). He is one of the pioneers of the intentional binding methodology and recently introduced an 'optimal cue integration' model of sense of agency.

Dr Marc Buehner

Dr Marc Buehner is reader at Cardiff University, UK. His research aims to understand the relationships between causality, timing and perception. Particular questions of interest are how time influences our conception of causality and, inversely, how conceptions of causality influence basic aspects of low-level perception, most notably time and space perception. Dr Buehner is also interested in more general aspects of time perceptions and perceptual distortions of time, through agency, intention, or other factors.

Call for Abstracts

Abstract Submission has now closed. Applicants will be notified by Friday 8th November.

Workshop Dinner

Following the workshop there will be an optional conference dinner. This will be a short
train ride from the university at:

Cost is $31.50 per person. Dinner payment will be collected at registration (cash only).


The conference will be held in Room 3.610 at the Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University, Sydney NSW, Australia.

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