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Friday, October 24th – Saturday, October 25th
53 Washington Square South, 1st Floor Auditorium, New York

On October 24-25, the NYU Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness and the NYU Center for Bioethics will host a conference on Measuring Borderline States of Consciousness.

There are famous difficulties in measuring subjective states of consciousness. Nevertheless, a number of techniques have recently
been developed for measuring states of consciousness in clinical settings. These techniques have been applied to borderlines states of consciousness: in particular, those found in patients diagnosed with vegetative state and minimally conscious state, and those found in patients under anesthesia. Measures using fMRI imaging, electroencephalography, and various other technologies have been developed.

These measures pose any number of scientific and philosophical questions. What is the best measure of consciousness in these cases? How can we justify these measures, given the private and subjective nature of consciousness? What is the best way to use these measures clinically? What ethical issues do they raise? What might these measures tell us about the nature of consciousness? All of these questions and more will be discussed at the workshop.

Speakers will include: Tim Bayne (Manchester), Melanie Boly (Wisconsin), Joseph Fins (Weill Cornell Medical College), L. Syd
Johnson (Michigan Technological University), Stephen Laureys (Belgian National Fund of Scientific Research), Marcello Massimini (University of Milan), Lionel Naccache (Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital), Adrian Owen (Western University), Nicholas Schiff (Weill Cornell Medical College), and panelists TBA.

Organizing Committee: Ned Block, David Chalmers, S. Matthew Liao, and Nicholas Schiff.

The conference sessions will run from 10am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday October 24-25. Conference registration will begin at at 9am in the 1st floor lobby at 53 Washington Square South.

The conference website is at

Registration is free but required. You can register via a link on the conference website or directly at


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