Consciousness and Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Approach

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

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

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

Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 17h – Dr. Liviu Badea, Deep Learning Networks and Neuroscience

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

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

Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 17h – Drd. Alina Chivu, Cognitive Bias in Mental Disorders

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 17h – Drd. Simona Pascal, The Presence of Disgust in the Psychopathology of Anxiety

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 17h – Dr. Diana Stanciu, Conscious Agency and Free Will

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 17h – Drd. Stefan Turcu, Consciousness and the Art of Writing

Tuesday, 3 July 2018, 17h – Drd. Diana Dudau, Digital Traces of Mental Health: Insights from Social Media Content


Past talks:

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

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

Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 17h – Mihai Vasile, Stress and Consciousness

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

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

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 17h– Drd. Mihai Malia, MD, Seizures as Glimpses into Consciousness

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

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

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

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 17h – Prof. Valentin Muresan, 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, Emotions and Moral Decision Perspectives: from Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (organised together with Dr. Sorin Costreie)

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 17h Drd. Toni Gibea, 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, 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, Consciousness: An Electrophysiological Mechanism

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

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

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 17h – Prof. Stefan Stanciugelu, The Fractal Grammar of the Social and the Emotional Brain

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

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

Tuesday, 15 November 2016, 17h – Dr. Alexandru Berceanu, CINETic Innovative Methodologies for Improving Cognitive and Emotional Human Performances

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, 26 January 2017, 17h – Dr. Ioana Mindruta, Effective Connectivity in the Brain – Method and Applications

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 17h – Drd. Anca Arbune, Sleep and Its Influence on Neural Networks

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 17h – Dr. George Chirita, Simultaneity and Succession – Events of Understanding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 17h – Dr. Antonio Momoc, From the Gutenberg Galaxy to the Zuckerberg /Steve Jobs Galaxy: New Media and Consciousness

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

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

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

Monday, 26 June 2017, 15h, Faculty of Philosophy (Splaiul Independentei 204), Mircea Florian Amphitheatre – Dr. Marcin Miłkowski, 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, Immersion in Video Games (organised together with Prof. Sorin Costreie)

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 17h, Faculty of Philosophy (Splaiul Independentei 204) – Drd. Irina Popa, Mapping the Function and Connectivity of the Cingulate Cortex

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 17h – Dr. Dragos Cîrneci, Consciousness and the Brain’s Simulations Machinery

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

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