Keynote presenters

Dr Frédérique de Vignemont
Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris
Frederique de Vignemont is a CNRS Research Director at the Institut Jean-Nicod in Paris, France where she heads the BoSS (Body, Space, and the Self) research group. Her training has been both in philosophy (at the Jean-Nicod Institute, Paris and at the department of philosophy, NYU) and in cognitive science (at the Institute of Cognitive Science, Lyon and at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, London). She did her PhD with Pierre Jacob on the question of immunity to error through misidentification (“Who’s who? Self, agency and ownership”, EHESS, 2002). She is interested in self-consciousness and disorders of agency and ownership. Her new book Mind the body: a philosophical exploration of bodily self-awareness (Oxford University Press) will be out later this year. She has also edited a forthcoming multidisciplinary volume on the body and the self, The Subject’s Matter (MIT press).


Matthew Longo
Professor Matthew Longo
Birkbeck, University of London
 Matthew Longo studied at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago before moving to University College London as a postdoctoral researcher in 2006. In 2010 he moved to Birkbeck, University of London, where he is now Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Director of the Body Representation Laboratory. Prof Longo’s research investigates the psychological and neural mechanisms by which we form representations of our body, and how these representations affect all aspects of our mental lives, using a range of methods from experimental psychology, perceptual psychophysics, and cognitive neuroscience.


 Jakob Hohwy
Professor Jakob Hohwy
Monash University
 Jakob Hohwy is a philosopher engaged in both conceptual and experimental research. He works on problems in philosophy of mind about perception, neuroscience, and mental illness. At the same time, he collaborates with neuroscientists and psychiatrists, conducting experiments that put philosophical ideas to the test and that bring philosophical concerns into the lab.
Associate Professor Neeltje van Haren
UMC Brain Centre Rudolf Magnus, Utrecht
Neeltje van Haren is an Associate Professor at the University Medical Centre Utrecht. Her research investigates the neurobiological and (social) cognitive basis of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, using experimental cognitive paradigms, neuroimaging, and family designs. A particular interest has been the cognitive and neural basis of (abnormal) self-agency experiences in healthy individuals, schizophrenia patients and their offspring. Associate Professor van Haren’s lab has convincingly shown that patients are not using implicitly available information from the environment about action outcomes to experience self-agency over such outcomes.


Methods Symposium

Colin Klein
Dr Colin Klein
Macquarie University
Colin Klein is an ARC Future Fellow and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Macquarie University. He is an Associate Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) and a member of the University Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE), both also hosted at Macquarie University. He received his PhD in philosophy from Princeton University in 2007. He works in philosophy of mind and philosophy of science, especially where they intersect in philosophy of psychology.


Melita Giummarra
Dr Melita Giummarra
Monash University
Melita Giummarra is a research fellow in the Pre-hospital, Emergency and Trauma Group, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. Since completing a Bachelor of Arts (University of Melbourne, 2002) and PhD (Monash University, 2011) in Psychological Sciences, she has published more than fifty peer-reviewed publications, received more than $1.5M in funding, and has been supported by fellowships from the NHMRC (Early Career Fellowship, 2012-16) and ARC (Discovery Early Career Research Award, 2017-20). Dr Giummarra’s research principally focusses on the social context of pain and suffering, and the persistence of pain and mental health conditions after traumatic injury. She uses a range of research methods from psychophysics and neuroimaging through to epidemiological “big data” analysis, geospatial mapping of population data, and narrative text analysis to better understand mechanisms of pain and mental health at a biological, psychological and social systems level. While her research predominantly involves collaboration with transport compensations systems and government health departments to bring about improvements in the systems serving injured persons, she retains a deep curiosity the mechanisms and manifestations of phantom limb experience, which was the focus of her doctoral studies.


 Simmy Poonian
Dr Simmy Poonian
ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders
Simmy Poonian is a postdoctoral fellow in the Belief Formation Program at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD). She completed her PhD at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at The University of Queensland and conducted a post-doctoral fellowship at Universite Paris Descartes. Simmy investigates the way in which our brain is able to plan and execute everyday movements and is particularly interested in the ways the predictions we form about ourselves and the world, influence aspects of action control, action-effect processing, observation of others’ actions and attributions of causality. 


Robert Keys
Robert Aaron Keys
ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders
Robert Keys received a Philosophy degree from the University of Wollongong (2013), in which he wrote an honours thesis on theoretical models of perceptual experience, and received a Masters of Research in Cognitive Science from Macquarie University (2016). Robert’s research aims are to understand the cognitive processes combining sensory information across modalities, which allow us to perceive coherent representations of our bodies. In particular, he uses psychophysical methods to examine how own-body perception affects our perception of the outside world. He is also interested in non-frequentist, Bayesian statistical methods and the movement towards open science.