ET1: Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence - New Questions for Legislation and Applied Ethics

This lecture will deal with ethical problems of VR technology and AI research, but will also draw attention to possible cultural consequences and the psychosocial follow-up costs. In the first part, I will look at some new developments in the field of virtual reality and very briefly present a code of ...

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Thomas Metzinger

ET2: She–He–Me–BeHave: Biological Sex and Human Behavior

Science has a long history of discussing sex differences as either biologically determined, or culturally acquired. This talk will endeavour to build a bridge between those two standpoints and address the questions: What are the evolutionary foundations of sexual dimorphisms, how do they manifest during ...

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Elisabeth Oberzaucher

ET3: The Golden Age of Psychology on Television - An Introduction to Psychopathology in Movies and TV series

Modern TV-shows are full of psychopathology. The lecture will provide an overview of some of the most important mental disorders as described in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases (ICD-10). Therefore, characters from popular movies and TV-Shows will be diagnosed.

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Niklas Gebele

ET4: Modeling Animal Minds Using Virtual Reality, Neurogenetics, and Computation

Recent advances in multiple technologies, computers, neurogenetics, and microscopy allow new ways to study how the brain of an animal controls behaviour. I will discuss recent efforts in my lab and in the labs of colleagues to relate the behaviour of animals with the neural circuits regulating this behaviour. ...

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Andrew Straw

Poster Pitches and Poster Session

Welcome Address & Interaction Groups

The organizing committee warmly welcomes you to IK2018! After a brief welcome address, we will introduce you to your Moonshines. Moonshines are veteran IK participants who help you in socially and spatially navigating IK2018. After that, the Moonshines will invite you to join one of their Interaction ...

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BC1: Introduction to Neuroscience

Lecture 1: What does a neuroscientist do? Why do animals have nervous systems? What do nervous systems look like and how are they structured? What are neurons? How do they work and how do they talk to each other? Discussion 1: are nervous systems computers? Lecture 2: How do nervous systems sense the ...

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Till Bockemühl

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. ...

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Herbert Jaeger

BC3: Fun with Machine Learning

Machine learning (ML) aims for technologies which can model/improve the behaviour of algorithms based on examples. Apart from prominent paradigms such as deep learning, ML covers a zoo of different methods; these help to solve diverse tasks such as fault prediction, control of technical devices, data ...

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Barbara Hammer

BC4: Cognitive AI

Session 1: Foundations of (the quest for) AI – a field at the intersection between computer science, cognitive science/psychology, and philosophy Session 2: The mathematics of human thought – symbolic reasoning and logic-based approaches in AI Session 3: The engine of the renAIssance – connectionist ...

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Tarek Besold

BC5: Philosophy of Mind

We will start with a general overview of philosophy of mind and its three main fields: the mind-body problem, phenomenal consciousness, and mental representation and intentionality. After that, we will enter Thomas Metzinger’s self-model theory of subjectivity, followed by a review of its recent applications ...

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Wanja Wiese

AC1: Neurobiology of Self and Embodiment

Due to illness, this course had to be canceled! 1. Session: Structural and functional Plasticity in neuronal networks. 2. Rhythms of the brain and their functional role in information processing 3. Imaging of memory traces in the rodent brain 4. Optogenetic manipulations of neurons and thoughts Our ...

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Marlene Bartos

AC2: Modelling in Neuroscience and Psychiatry

We will start by getting an overview of modelling approaches in neuroscience and psychiatry, followed by a brief peek at some interesting results of these methods. Then we will delve deeper into the general challenges of developing, fitting, checking, and comparing models, with an emphasis on Bayesian ...

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Christoph Mathys

AC3: Neural Networks for Cognition

Course content: In this course, we will look at how neural networks can help us to understand cognition. In particular, we will show how to construct simulations of biologically realistic neural networks, and how to organize these networks to produce cognitive behaviour. Most importantly, these neural ...

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Terry Stewart

AC4: Developmental Robotics

This course will give an introduction to developmental robotics and computational models used for sensorimotor learning in robots. In the sessions, we will cover sensorimotor learning, predictive models, joint attention and the development of an artificial self.

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Verena Hafner

AC5: Philosophy of the Internal Body

This course will delve into questions about what role our internal body plays in cognition and experience. We will consider traditional questions about the bodily contribution to emotion and then ask whether current research in affective neuropsychology can give us answers to these yet. Focussing in ...

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Mog Stapleton

SC1: Evolution, Development and Transitions in Individuality

Unfortunately, this course had to be canceled We will introduce and explain the principles of evolution by natural selection and how biological and artificial systems fulfill these principles. Further, we will discuss the logic of the genetic representation of evolution and alternative representations ...

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Tobias Uller

SC2: Cognition, Embodiment, and Robots

(This is still somewhat preliminary; in particular the boundaries between the sessions are quite fluid) Session 1: Cognition Paradigms for understanding cognition Social cognition Cognitive Architectures Session 2: Embodiment Different flavours of embodiment Functionalism vs anti-functionalism Representationalist ...

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Serge Thill

SC3: Animal Sociality: Finding the Me in Team

In keeping with this year’s theme – Me, Myself and I – we will consider what “me” means in the context of animal societies. In this lecture series, Jennifer (social insect biologist and amateur philosopher) and Ted (crossover engineer and social insect collective behavior addict) will go about ...

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Jennifer Fewell

Ted Pavlic

SC4: Computation in Neural Circuits

How do neural circuits generate interesting computations from the interaction of many components operating at the single neuron and network level? Despite the recent advancement in experimental techniques to record and manipulate neural circuits at unprecedented level, we still lack a unifying understanding ...

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Julijana Gjorgijeva

SC10: Digital Empathy

We will start by looking at the history of digital empathy, slaves and masters, displacing  employment, ethics  and  The  Laws of  Robotics, military  kit and autonomous drones, psychopathic  robots, discussing people's irrational fears on the rise of intelligent machines such as HAL in popular ...

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Paul Mc Kevitt

SC5: Self-Consciousness and Intersubjectivity

Self-consciousness refers to the subjective experience of one´s own mental states including perceptions, judgments, thoughts, or intentions-to-act. It is closely linked to intersubjectivity based on the presuppose the capacity to differentiate between one´s own and others mental states, and the capacity ...

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Kai Vogeley

SC6: Self and Others in Communication

Conversation consists of much more than a simple interchange of spoken words. When people communicate, they often adapt their interaction styles to one another. For example, they may match each other’s behaviour, synchronize the timing of their behaviour, or behave in opposite ways. This course brings ...

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Alexandra Georgescu

SC7: Self and Future: Optimism Bias

The course will focus on psychological and neuroimaging research that investigates biases in the perception of our future. It will encompass i) an overview of empirical evidence for optimism bias, ii) a closer look at recent methodological developments and findings relating to belief updating, computational ...

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Bojana Kuzmanovic

SC8: Me and my Brain: How Brain Stimulation Changes your Brain

Brain stimulation offers the unique possibility to modulate brain activity both locally and on a brain network level. It has the potential for boosting cognitive performance and treatment of various cognitive and affective disorders. In this course will focus on the neural underpinnings of brain stimulation ...

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Christian Windischberger

Caroline Di Bernardi Luft

SC9: Me, My Self and AI: Constructing a “Self” in Social-Media

We have long been fascinated by the link between what one is and what one does. The person we see in the mirror may not be the person that others see, and while we are each the hero of our own story, we may well be the villain (or the comic relief) in the stories of others. Our words and our actions ...

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Tony Veale

SC11: Egopharmacology: Drug use and Neuroenhancement

In the first session a basic understanding of the psychopharmacological principles will be given. In the second session impairments of social cognition and behaviour observed in chronic cocaine and MDMA users will be discussed. Subsequently, we will have a debate on myths and facts of pharmacological ...

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Boris Quednow

SC12: Das Selbst und das Ich – Psychoanalytische Reflexionen

Attention: this course will be taught in German due to its language sensitive topic. 1. Sitzung: die Ich-Entwicklung, die Ich Funktion, Ich-Ideal, 2. Sitzung: Ich-Pathologie, Ich-Psychologie, Ich-Schwäche, Ich-Strukturstörung 3. Sitzung: das Selbst in seiner Entwicklung, ...

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Bernd Deininger

SC13: Altered States of Embodiment

I will give an introduction into the newest progress of embodiment research with a special focus on states of altered embodiment due to pathology or experimental manipulation. I will present data empirical evidence from animals and human research including a broad variety of methods ranging from neuroimaging ...

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Bigna Lenggenhager

PC1: Experiential-group

If you are interested in perceiving different perspectives of “Me, My Self and I” you are very welcome to join our experiential group. In contrary to the mainly theoretical everyday work, this experiential group focus on living experience. Therefore we are using different tools of self-awareness, ...

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Annekatrin Vetter

Sophie Reul

PC2: The Moving Self - Moving the Self

During the IK you will learn about a lot of different scientific concepts and theories about the self, the development of a self (in ontogeny and phylogeny), self-consciousness, self-awareness and the creation of artificial selves (persons), etc. This course will focus on exploring our selves moving, ...

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Elisabeth Zimmermann

PC3: Myo, Myself and I: Utilizing Myoelectric Data in User Interfaces for Hand Prostheses and beyond

The course will make participants feel like a cyborg in controlling systems with their muscle signals. Participants will construct their own user interface which analyzes muscle signals (myoelectric signals) to infer the user’s intended command in real time. Such user interfaces become increasingly ...

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Alexander Schulz

Cosima Prahm

Benjamin Paaßen

RC1: Disorders of Consciousness: Is there anybody in there?

How do we know whether patients who are thought to lack consciousness are indeed not aware of themselves and their environment? During the last years, an increasing number of neuroimaging studies has demonstrated covert awareness in behaviorally unresponsive patients who were diagnosed as “vegetative ...

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Amelie Haugg

RC2: Moral Cognition between Classic Cognitivism and Situated Cognition

The course will cover classic perspectives on moral cognition and contrast those classic views and shortcomings with situated, i.e., embodied, extended, embedded, and enacted, perspectives on moral cognition. Especially Joshua Greene’s neuro- ethical dual process theory and the explicit marginalization ...

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Lasse Bergmann

RC3: The vestibular system: bringing balance to the self

This course will highlight the links between the vestibular system and the bodily self. It will give an overview of the vestibular system, from the inner ear to the “vestibular” cortex. It will focus on the neuroscientific study of the self and the contribution of vestibular information to bodily ...

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Estelle Nakul

/ik/hack - Bartosz Radomski - Can Predictive Processing Unify Cognition?

The stakes are high - we want to have a one-size-fit-all theory of cognition. No wonder that the ambitious project of Predictive Processing (PP) gained so much traction. It seems to offer what others can't - an elegant, unified and consistent explanation of cognition. However, I will show that there ...

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/ik/hack - Benjamin Paaßen - Weapons of Math Destruction? Ethical Questions in Applied Machine Learning

In recent years, machine learning models have increasingly been applied to support critical decision making processes, e.g. in finance, law, or human resource management. Such models are typically framed as objective, or even infallible. However, many case studies show that the decisions of machine learning ...

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/ik/hack - Jan H. Kirchner - Large Deviation Theory and the First Passage Time Problem for Simple Neuron Models

In computational neuroscience and, arguably, in all of neuroscience, the debate on rate-based vs. spike-based theories of the brain has generated for a long time a great amount of interest. As it often happens in biology, the opinion that both the firing rate and the exact spike time encode relevant ...

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/ik/hack - Justin London - Really Bad Music

/ik/hack - Jutta Kretzberg - Me: A PhD?

Are you a student? Are you thinking about a PhD? And maybe even about a career in academia? Does that sound like fun? Or rather like pain? What should a PhD student be like? What do you expect from being a PhD student? What does your supervisor expect from you? And what would the rest of the world ...

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/ik/hack - Lisa Schmors, Dominic Gonschorek, Jutta Kretzberg - Werewolf: A party game for devious people

Once upon a time, there was a little village with a huge problem: Every night, one of the inhabitants was killed by a pack of werewolves… Unfortunately, these beasts turned into normal villagers at dawn and nobody had a clue who ate their loved ones the nights before. There was only one solution for ...

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/ik/hack - Marius Klug - Elon Musk & Neuralink - You will be assimilated, resistance is futile!

Elon Musk has founded a new company in 2016 called "Neuralink" with him as CEO and the defined goal to develop "ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers" ( This is essentially a whole brain-computer-interface with hundreds of thousands of implanted ...

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/ik/hack - Sascha Schleef - Me and us: Tango improvisation from bottom up

Tango in its original form, and not the one which is danced at competitions in Europe, is a social dance from Argentinia. Nowadays there are more modern approaches coming from the direction of contact improvisation. So both people react to each other's intensions and movements to form a unity of dancing ...

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/ik/hack - Stefan Wiltschnig - Awareness through movement

Hacking your sensory-motor system with a lesson of Feldenkraisian somatic learning HOST Stefan Wiltschnig is an Austrian creativity researcher, enabler of knowledge-co-creation and Feldenkrais practitioner currently based in Malmö, Sweden. He has backgrounds in engineering, management and cognitive ...

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/ik/hack - Terry Stewart - Non-Standard Relationships

There are a wide variety of types of relationships out there, and many of them are either under-represented in popular culture, or are presented rather problematically in popular culture. I personally have found it very important to examine what I want in relationships and to question the assumptions ...

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/ik/hack - Thomas Metzinger - Minimal Phenomenal Experience - A new theory about pure consciousness “as such”

One approach to explaining a complex target phenomenon is to define a minimal model - for example, of conscious experience as such. Is “pure awareness” a form of phenomenal character sui generis, which cannot be reductively defined or subsumed under a higher-order concept, a distinct class of conscious ...

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Thomas Metzinger

/ik/hack - Wache twins and Zam - IK Choir

Everybody who is able to carry a tune is invited to join.

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/ik/hack - Zam Franz, Terry Stewart, Benjamin Paaßen - Not a big deal: Reviewing the social psychology literature on gender differences

In a recent paper, Hyde (2014) extensively reviewed the literature on psychological gender differences, covering a wide range of traits, attitudes, and behaviors. It turns out that in a vast majority of cases, differences are trivial to small (Cohen's d < 0.2) and that larger effects are oftentimes easily ...

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/ik/hack Introduction to Unsupervised Machine Learning

Have you ever wondered why children can anticipate possible future events and learn about the world with very little verbal interaction, while computers nowadays still need millions of training examples? In this talk, I will shed some light on unsupervised learning, a subdiscipine of Artificial Intelligence ...

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/ik/hack Movie Night: Young Frankenstein

We will watch "Young Frankenstein". Drinking game optional.

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/ik/hack Salsa Crash Course with Open Dancing