2017 Agency and Body Representation Research Forum

Science of the Self: The Agency and Body Representation Research Forum was a three day conference held from 20th – 22nd November 2017 at Coogee Beach, Sydney, Australia.

** The program booklet is available here **
The abstract booklet is available here
Science of Self OSF Presentation Library


Dr Frédérique de Vignemont
Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris NYU/Paris

Professor Matthew Longo
Birkbeck, University of London

Professor Jakob Hohwy
Monash University

Associate Professor Neeltje van Haren
UMC Brain Centre Rudolf Magnus, Utrecht

Dr Melita Giummarra
Monash University

Dr Colin Klein
Macquarie University

Agency and body representation are growing areas of interest in cognitive science. As a field we are trying to answer important questions about how we perceive our own bodies and represent our ability to causally manipulate the world. This research touches on a wide range of topics including action planning, sensory prediction, multisensory perception, time perception, expertise, and the social contexts of actions. This work contributes to our theoretical understanding of the mechanisms that underlie self-representations, and highlights new possibilities for identification and remediation of disturbances to the sense of self often found in clinical disorders. Agency and body representation research also has important practical implications for informing technologies such as human-computer interfaces and virtual reality.

Research in this area is diverse, and agency and body representation are often studied relatively separately. Despite broad relevance for a number of research areas in the cognitive sciences, there have been relatively few opportunities for a focused gathering of agency and body representation scientists. Science of the Self will provide a forum for international researchers across a range of disciplines to come together to discuss the latest research findings on both agency and body representation. In addition to sharing recent discoveries, a focus of this workshop will be collaborative exploration of cutting edge methods and models for research in this area.

The workshop will include:

  • Keynote presentations from well-regarded international researchers that provide insights into key theoretical and empirical issues in the field.
  • Talks and poster presentations on recent discoveries, models and new methods.
  • Collaborative sessions and panels on methodologies and techniques such as neuroimaging, behavioural paradigms, explicit and implicit measures, and experiment design.
  • Facilitated opportunities to gather in small groups to explore potential new collaborations.
  • An idyllic beachside setting with opportunities for socialising and relaxing.
  • Reduced rates for students and unfunded researchers.

About the location:

The Coogee Bay Hotel is located right on Coogee Beach, one of Sydney’s finest beaches. Situated 20 minutes from the city centre, the beach features a magnificent coastal walk and protected marine reserve with excellent surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving. November is perfect time for a beach holiday in Sydney. There will be outdoor social activities and time to explore the beach and nearby nature before and after the conference each day.

Conference located on Coogee Beach
Coogee Beach By Ruth Ellison

Science of the Self is convened by:
Dr Vince Polito
Dr Regine Zopf
Dr Simmy Poonian
Dr Mariia Kaliuzhna
Dr James Moore