Consciousness and Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Approach

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The seminar Consciousness and Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Approach is convened by Dr. Diana Stanciu and is designed as an opportunity for interdisciplinary discussions between specialists in neuroscience, medicine, biology, physics, anthropology, linguistics, metaphysics, applied philosophy and the history of philosophy on largely debated themes such as consciousness and physicalism (Alter, Walter 2007, Alter, Nagasawa 2015), emergence, embodied cognition and quantum consciousness (Clayton 2004), consciousness and the self (Liu, Perry 2012), the neurophysiology of consciousness (Laureys, Gosseries, Tononi 2015), the cognitive limits of consciousness – the ‘explanatory gap’ (Levine 1983) and the ‘hard problem of consciousness’ (Chalmers 2010), epistemic subjectivity and the limits it imposes on ‘knowability’ and ‘understandability’ of various facts about consciousness (Nagel 1974, Van Gulick 1985, Lycan 1996), consciousness, attention, and conscious attention (Montemayor, Haladjian 2015), mind, self and person (O’Hear 2015), consciousness as a self-creating and self-organising system (Varela, Maturana 1980), the unity and organisation of consciousness – the causal unity of consciousness (the integration of affection and control into a unified focus of agency) and the representational and intentional forms of unity (Cleeremans 2003), higher-order theories of consciousness – the analysis of conscious meta-mental states in terms of reflexive (meta-mental) self-awareness (Armstrong 1981, Rosenthal 1986, 1993, Lycan 1987, 1996, Van Gulick 2004, 2006, Kriegel 2009, Gennaro 2004, 2012), the phenomenal consciousness (Miller 2015) and the representational consciousness (Speaks 2015,Pennartz 2015).

Contact: Dr. Diana Stanciu – diana.stanciu (at)



Tuesday, 19 February 2019, 17h – Dr. Liviu Badea, National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics, Bucharest, Recent Progress in Localizing the Perception of Free Will 

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 17h – Prof. Maria-Luisa Flonta, University of Bucharest, Dr. Liviu Badea, National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics, Dr. Diana Stanciu, University of Bucharest, Sense of Agency and Perception of Free Will: An Interdisciplinary Approach 

Wednesday, 13 March 2019, 18.30h – Drd. Nicoleta Ailincai, University of Bucharest, Dr. Diana Stanciu, University of Bucharest, Sense of Agency and Free Will when Human and Civil Rights Are not Respected

Tuesday, 11 June 2019, 17h – Dr. Diana Stanciu, University of Bucharest, Consciousness, Emotion and Extended Cognition

Tuesday, 18 June 2019, 17h – Ms. Diana Stafie, World Future Studies Federation/Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies, Raising Awareness of Future Trends in Education

Monday, 24 June 2019, 17h – Drd. Ana Cosmoiu, Faculty of Psychology, University of Bucharest, Social Cognition – Phylogeny, Ontogeny and Pathology

Tuesday, 2 July 2019, 17h – Drd. Alexandra-Maria Mihăilă, Faculty of Psychology, University of Bucharest, The Implications of the Work-family Conflict on Mental Health

Thursday, 4 July 2019, 18.30h – Ms. Magda Rosu, Faculty of Administration and Business/ Faculty of Psychology, University of Bucharest, Can Honesty Be Nudged to Fight Corruption? The Classic vs Behavioral Approach to Policy

Friday, 6 September 2019, 15h – Dr. Adela Dinu, ‘Andrei Saguna’ National Pedagogic College, Sibiu, From Utopia to Dystopia: A Consciousness of Social and Political Turmoil?


Past talks:

Friday, 15 April 2016, 11h – Dr. Mihai Moldovan,  University of Copenhagen, Unconscious Brain

Friday, 22 April 2016, 10h – Dr. Marius M. Stanciu, University of Bucharest, Human Consciousness and Its Place in Nature

Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 17h – Mihai Vasile, `Carol Davila` University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Stress and Consciousness

Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 17h – Prof. Maria-Luisa Flonta, University of Bucharest, What Is Reality?

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 17hDr. Adriana Sora, University of Bucharest, Dualism and Consciousness: A Conceptual Map

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 17h– Drd. Mihai Malia, MD, University Emergency Hospital, Bucharest/ University of Bucharest, Seizures as Glimpses into Consciousness

Tuesday, 31 May 2016, 17h– Dr. Lorena Anton, University of Bucharest, Is Traumatic Memory Linguistically Conscious? 

Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 17h – Dr. Ovidiu Brazdau, Ecological University of Bucharest, The Consciousness Quotient: Psychological Assessment of Conscious Experience

Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 17h – Dr. Diana Stanciu, University of Bucharest, The ‘Explanatory Gap’ and the ‘Hard Problem of Consciousness’: Some Historical Antecedents

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 17h – Prof. Valentin Muresan, University of Bucharest, Consciousness and the Normative Ethics of R.M. Hare: The Two Levels of Moral Thought

Thursday, 23 June, 17h, Faculty of Philosophy (Splaiul Independentei 204), Mircea Florian Amphitheatre – Prof. Andrei Miu, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj, Emotions and Moral Decision Perspectives: from Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (organised together with Dr. Sorin Costreie)

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 17h Drd. Toni Gibea, University of Bucharest, Should We Ban the Use of Cognitive Enhancement Drugs in E-sport Competitions? What is Their Impact on Human Consciousness?

Monday, 4 July 2016, 10h, Faculty of Philosophy (Splaiul Independentei 204), Mircea Florian Amphitheatre – Prof. Monica Baciu, Université Grenoble Alpes,  Multifactorial Representation of Language: Variability and Plasticity (organised together with Dr. Ioana Mindruta and Dr. Sorin Costreie)

Tuesday, 4 October 2016, 17h – Dr. Dan Psatta, Academy of Medicine, Bucharest, Consciousness: An Electrophysiological Mechanism

Tuesday, 11 October 2016, 17h – Prof. Laura Pana, Polytechnic University, Bucharest, Co-Evolution of Human and Artificial Cognitive and Moral Agents

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 17h – Dr. Beatrice Radu, University of Bucharest, Neurovascular Unit – An Integrative View of Our Brain

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 17h – Prof. Stefan Stanciugelu, National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest / Kiril and Metodiu University, Slovakia, The Fractal Grammar of the Social and the Emotional Brain

Tuesday, 1 November 2016, 17h – Cristian Pascu, University of Bucharest, Human Consciousness and Artifical Intelligence

Tuesday, 8 November 2016, 17h – Drd. Laura Craciun, MD, Colentina Hospital, Bucharest, Moral Decision in Neurological Ailments

Tuesday, 15 November 2016, 17h – Dr. Alexandru Berceanu, National University for Theatre and Film `I.L. Caragiale` Bucharest, CINETic Innovative Methodologies for Improving Cognitive and Emotional Human Performances

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 17h – Dr. Emilian Mihailov, University of Bucharest, Cognitive Enhancement and Mental Doping

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 17h – Dr. Radu Uszkai, University of Bucharest, The Role of Unconscious Cognition and Moral Intuitions in the Commodification/Anti-Commodification Debate

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 17h – Dr. Constantin Vica, University of Bucharest, No VR without AI 

Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 17h – Dr. Bogdan Boghitoi, University of Bucharest, Photographic Transparency – A Cognitivist Approach

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 17h – Prof. Robert C. Froemke, New York University School of Medicine,  Oxytocin, Social Behavior and Neural Plasticity (organised together with Dr. Alexandru Berceanu)

Thursday, 26 January 2017, 17h – Dr. Ioana Mindruta, University Emergency Hospital/ `Carol Davila` University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Effective Connectivity in the Brain – Method and Applications

Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 17h – Prof. Ioan Opris, University of Miami, The Role of Prefrontal Cortical Microcircuits in Conscious States

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 17h – Prof. Mircea Deaca, University of Bucharest, The Impact of Neuroscience on the Cognitive Approach in the Cinematographic Discourse

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 17h – Dr. Iulia Anghel, Polytechnic University, Bucharest, Consciousness and Identity: A Case Study

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 14h – Beatrice Boban, University of Bucharest, Imitatio Christi and Compassio-Emotional Transfer in Devotional Images

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 14h – Prof. Sorin Costreie, University of Bucharest, Thinking Through Structures: Mathematical Structuralism & Mathematical Cognition

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 17h – Drd. Anca Arbune, University Emergency Hospital/ `Carol Davila`University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Sleep and Its Influence on Neural Networks

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 17h – Dr. George Chirita, Romanian Association for Audiovisual Communication, Simultaneity and Succession – Events of Understanding

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 15h – Dr. Tamara Caraus, University of Bucharest, Neuropolitics: A Critique

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 17h – Dr. Bogdan Amuzescu, University of Bucharest, Evolution and Perspectives in Neural Networks Modelling

Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 17h – Dr. Miruna Doicaru, Breda University of Applied Sciences, Thoughts on Possible Applications and Future of Immersive Journalism

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 17h – Dr. Alexandra Varga, University of Bucharest, A Reasonable View of Human Rationality: Integrating Logic and Psychology

Friday, 28 April 2017, 16h – Prof. Norbert Jaušovec, University of Maribor, Increasing Intelligence (organised together with Drd. Adriana Braescu)

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 17h – Prof. Violeta Ristoiu, University of Bucharest, Modulation of Microglia/Macrophages Activity by Interactions with the Cytoskeleton

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 17h – Drd. Adriana Braescu, University of Bucharest, Quantum Biology – Truth or Dare in Cognition

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 17h – Prof. Stefan Trausan-Matu, Polytechnic University, Bucharest, Consciousness, Dialogism, and Polyphony. A New Perspective on Artificial Intelligence

Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 17h – Dr. Antonio Momoc, National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest, From the Gutenberg Galaxy to the Zuckerberg /Steve Jobs Galaxy: New Media and Consciousness

Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 17h – Dr. Violeta Caragea, Institute of Educational Sciences, Bucharest, The Emergence of Educational Neuroscience – New Perspectives on Learning Enhancement

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 17h – Drd. Ioana Nicolae, University of Bucharest, Awareness and Madness. A Study Case: The Archetype of the Shadow; Drd. Adelaida Petrancu,  University of Bucharest, Mental Illness and Creativity: An Aesthetic Approach

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 17h – Dr. David Mark Kovacs, Bilkent University, Ankara, Dr. Rina Tzinman, Bilkent University, Ankara, Extended Emotions and the Metaphysics of Naturalness

Monday, 26 June 2017, 15h, Faculty of Philosophy (Splaiul Independentei 204), Mircea Florian Amphitheatre – Dr. Marcin Miłkowski, Polish Academy of Sciences, How to See Whether a Research Program is Degenerated? (keynote lecture organised together with Dr. Richard Rus (Romanian Academy of Sciences), within the Polish-Romanian workshop ‘Scientific Modeling and Explanation’ convened at the Faculty of Philosophy on 26-27 June 2017)

Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 17h, Faculty of Philosophy (Splaiul Independentei 204) – Prof. Emanuel-Mihail Socaciu, University of Bucharest,  Immersion in Video Games (organised together with Prof. Sorin Costreie)

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 17h, Faculty of Philosophy (Splaiul Independentei 204) – Drd. Irina Popa, University Emergency Hospital/ `Carol Davila` University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Mapping the Function and Connectivity of the Cingulate Cortex

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 17h – Dr. Dragos Cîrneci, National University for Theatre and Film `I.L. Caragiale`/ Spiru Haret University, Bucharest, Consciousness and the Brain’s Simulations Machinery

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 17h, Faculty of Philosophy (Splaiul Independentei 204) – Dr. Diana Stanciu, University of Bucharest, Extended Cognition and Consciousness

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 17h – Dr. Ioana Podina, University of Bucharest, Gamification and Behavioral Genetics Used in Recovering from Mental Illness

Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 17h – Prof. Elena Druica, University of Bucharest, Assoc. Prof. Rodica Ianole, University of Bucharest, Mindfulness in Predicting Time Discounting

Tuesday, 6 February 2018, 17h – Drd. Maria Racman, University of Bucharest, Neurotechnologies and Criminal Law: Privacy Concerns

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 17h – Dr. Mihaela Constantinescu, University of Bucharest, Consciousness and Moral Responsibility

Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 17h – Dr. Liviu Badea, National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics, Bucharest, Deep Learning Networks and Neuroscience

Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 17h – Prof. Maria-Luiza Flonta, University of Bucharest, Towards a Neuroscientific Understanding of Free Will

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 17h – Prof. Manuel Rebuschi, Archives Henri Poincaré, University of Lorraine (Nancy, France), Schizophrenia and Context-shifting

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 17h – Drd. Irina Bogdan, Drd. Calin Stanciu, University of Bucharest, Becoming Conscious of New Gender Issues in the Middle East

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 17h –  Dr. Diana Stanciu, University of Bucharest, Conscious Agency and Free Will

Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 17h – Drd. Alina Chivu, University of Bucharest, Cognitive Bias in Mental Disorders, (organised together with Dr. Ioana Podina)

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 17h – Drd. Simona Pascal, University of Bucharest, The Presence of Disgust in the Psychopathology of Anxiety (organised together with Dr. Ioana Podina)

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 17h, Dr. Sigrid Leyssen, Centre Alexandre Koyré – Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques CNRS – EHESS/ University of Bucharest, Images of Agency in the Psychological Laboratory

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 17h – Drd. Stefan Turcu, University of Bucharest, Consciousness and the Art of Writing

Tuesday, 3 July 2018, 17h – Drd. Diana Dudau, The West University of Timișoara, Digital Traces of Mental Health: Insights from Social Media Content  (organised together with Dr. Raluca Tomsa)

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 17h – Dr. Fabrizio Bigotti, University of Exeter/ University of Bucharest , Magnitude, Motion and Self-Perception in Aristotle

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 17h – Dr. Alina Tigau, University of Bucharest, A DRT Analysis of Epistemic Specificity The Case of Romanian Clitic Doubling

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 17h – Dr. Mihai Popa, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/ Saale/ University of Bucharest, European Integration, Secularism and the Legal Defense of Religion in Romania