Focus Theme

Me, my Self and I

9 - 16 March 2018

Chairs 2018: Katharina Krämer, Ronald Sladky and Ipke Wachsmuth

 


IK2018's focus theme is Me, my Self, and I and addresses questions such as: Who am I? Where is my self? What is it like to be me? In doing so, we will address different aspects of self models, self perception, and self consciousness using different epistemic and theoretical approaches in a truly interdisciplinary fashion.

The goal of this year's focus theme is that you can investigate your very own individual concepts of self, subjectivity, and person. It is safe to assume that all our participants have implicit and explicit concepts about who they are. Based on your own and your colleagues' notions (which will be a fascinating blend of intuitions, concepts from folk psychology, empirical facts, theories, and world views) you should be enabled to raise your own research questions, gain understanding about the limitations and blind spots of your models and learn how to find a common language that allows for intersubjective and interdisciplinary discourse.

IK2018 aims to provide an open space for debate and a framework of courses that should enable you to extend your knowledge in various disciplines . They will help you to establish informed opinions about questions pertaining to you, your self, and personhood. More precisely, we will use the perspectives of different disciplines to approach our focus theme:

* Biology, to investigate the evolution and development self models in animals and humans (neurobiology, evolutionary biology)
    * Do animals have a self and are they consciously aware of it?
    * Where do our selves come from?
    * What are the neurobiological correlates of the self?
    * What is the scientific basis of artificial self optimization (neuro stimulation and neuro enhancement)?

* Computer science, to see if and how we can create artificial selves and what we can learn from them (artificial intelligence research, robotics)
    * How can we implement self models?
    * How close are modern AI systems away from becoming self aware?

* Philosophy, to discuss concepts of self models, self perception, and ethics (philosophy of mind, phenomenology, ethics)
    * What do we actually mean, when we talk about a self?
    * What is the relationship of the self and the body?
    * Why does is feel a certain way to have a self?
    * How should we treat natural or artificial selves?
    * What is the dependency of my own self model and my perception of reality?

* Clinical disciplines, to investigate what happens when our self models are altered or disrupted by pathologies or unusual states of mind (psychology, psychiatry, pharmacology, neurology)
    * What happens to the self in psychiatric disorders, such as depression?
    * What happens when our self floats away during out of body experiences, creative flow or the use of psychotropic substances?

* and Arts, as a form of self expression and source of self reflection (music, performance).

News

18.08.2017

Tentative list of courses for IK 2018 online now!! 

Offered courses

SC11: Drugs and Neuroenhancement

TBA

Instructor:

Boris Quednow

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SC12: Die psychodynamische Entwicklung des Selbst

TBA

Instructor:

Bernd Deininger

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SC13: Altered states of embodiment

TBA

Instructor:

Bigna Lenggenhager

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AC1: Neurobiology of self and embodiment

TBA

Instructor:

Marlene Bartos

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AC2: Modeling in Neuroscience and Psychiatry

TBA

Instructor:

Christoph Mathys

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AC3: Advanced Neural Networks

TBA

Instructor:

Terry Stewart

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AC4: Developmental Robotics

TBA

Instructor:

Verena Hafner

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AC5: Philosophy of Predictive Processing

TBA

Instructor:

Mog Stapelton

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BC1: Neurobiology

TBA

Instructor:

Till Bockemühl

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BC2: Dynamical Systems: a Navigation Guide

Session 1: Part I: Introduction: so many ways to classify models of dynamical systems! – Part II: A zoo of finite-state models: finite-state automata with and without input, deterministic and non-deterministic, probabilistic), hidden Markov models and partially observable Markov decision processes...

Instructor:

Herbert Jäger

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BC3: Neural Networks and Machine Learning

TBA

Instructor:

Barbara Hammer

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BC4: Cognitive AI

TBA

Instructor:

Tarek Besold

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BC5: Philosophy of Mind

TBA

Instructor:

Wanja Wiese

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ET1: Psychopathology and TV Shows

TBA

Instructor:

Niklas Gebele

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ET2: Predictive Mind

TBA

Instructor:

TBA

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ET3: Human Ethology and Sexuality

TBA

Instructor:

Lisa Oberzaucher

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PC1: Self awareness group

TBA

Instructor:

Annekatrin Vetter & Sophia Reul

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PC2: The moving self - moving the self

TBA

Instructor:

Elisabeth Zimmermann

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PC3: Myo, Myself and I: Utilizing myoelectric data in user interfaces for hand prostheses and beyond

TBA

Instructor:

Alexander Schulz, Cosima Prahm & Benjamin Paaßen

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SC10: Digital Empathy

TBA

Instructor:

Paul Mc Kevitt

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SC5: Self-Consciousness and Intersubjectivity

TBA

Instructor:

Kai Vogeley

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SC6: Self and others: Communication (ethology, psychology)

TBA

Instructor:

Alexandra Georgescu

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SC7: Self and future: Optimism Bias (neuropsychology)

TBA

Instructor:

Bojana Kuzmanovic

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SC8: Me and my brain: Neuroimaging and stimulation

TBA

Instructor:

Christian Windischberger & Caroline Di Bernardi Luft

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SC9: Self and social media

TBA

Instructor:

Tony Veale

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SC1: Evolution of Self (evolutionary / theoretical biology)

TBA

Instructor:

Tobias Uller

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SC2: Embodiment in Robots (robotics)

TBA

Instructor:

Tom Ziemke

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SC3: Selfhood in Animals (biology)

TBA

Instructor:

Jennifer Fewell & Jenn E. Smith

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SC4: Networks Computation in Neural Circuits

TBA

Instructor:

Julijana Gjorgijeva

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