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CONFERENCE CANCELLED - Consciousness and Experiential Psychology (CEP) Section 2017 Annual Conference: Technology, Consciousness and Experience

Thursday 7th September 2017 - Saturday 9th September 2017 at Royal Holloway, University of London

Technology pervades modern life. Most of us are dependent on information and communication technology and often relate to others through it. Digital life appears to be changing experience and the way the brain is structured as well as enabling significant advances in psychology.

This conference will explore the impact of the digital world on consciousness and experience.

Themes addressed include:

  • How people navigate the digital world
  • How technology impacts on ways of being
  • How technology helps further understanding of human behaviour
  • The role of technology as a novel vehicle for inquiry into mind
  • The role of technology as an aid to development

The conference is open to all; we welcome psychologists and others interested in this area.

Keynote Speakers

Baroness Susan Greenfield (Oxford University) on ‘The 21st Century Mind: Blowing it, Expanding it, Losing it’

Dr Johnny Hartz Søraker (Google) on ‘Meaningfulness in the age of digital reproduction’

Dr Natalia Kucirkova (University College London) on ‘The impact of digital personalisation on children’s experiences of texts and stories

Dr Michael Banissy (Goldsmiths, University of London) on ‘Sharing the sensations of others: What can mirror-sensory synaesthesia tell us about conscious experience?’

Call for Papers

Submissions are now open for the CEP Section 2017 Annual Conference!

Technology pervades modern life and experience is often mediated through social media. Digital life appears to be changing experience and the way the brain is structured as well as enabling significant advances in psychology. This conference will explore the impact of the digital world on consciousness and experience. Themes include but are not limited to: how technology impacts on ways of being, how people navigate the digital world, how technology helps further understanding of human behaviour, the role of technology as a novel vehicle for inquiry into mind, the role of technology as an aid to development.

We invite submissions on any topic pertinent to the conference theme from academics, researchers, practitioners, students and others with expertise in the area and welcome proposals from both psychologists and those from other disciplines.

Submissions can be made through the BPS Questback System. Before you make your submission please take some time to review the CEP 2017 Submission Policy for guidance on the type of submissions being accepted and the expected format.

The deadlines for submissions are:

  • Symposia, Oral Presentations (Papers and Case Studies), Workshop and Haiku Deck submissions - Midnight on Sunday 2nd July 2017
  • Poster submissions - Midnight on Monday 31st July 2017

Registration fees can be found on the booking form. Early Bird registration is open until 09.00 on Monday 3rd July 2017. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.

Speakers and Facilitators


Baroness Susan Greenfield

Keynote Speaker
Susan Greenfield will address the effects on the brain of immersion in technologies such as social networking and gaming. She is a research scientist, author and broadcaster based in Oxford. She has held research fellowships in the Department of Physiology Oxford, the College de France Paris, and NYU Medical Center New York. She has since been awarded 32 Honorary Degrees from British and foreign universities. In 2000 she was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians. Further international recognition of her work has included the ‘Golden Plate Award’ (2003) from the Academy of Achievement, Washington, the L’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (2003), from the French Government, and the 2010 Australian Medical Research Society Medal. She has recently held a Visiting Professorship at the Medical School, University of Melbourne, Australia. She currently holds a Senior Research Fellowship at Oxford University, Lincoln College and is founder and CEO of a biotech company ( that is developing a novel anti-Alzheimer drug based on her research exploring novel brain mechanisms linked to neurodegeneration.


Dr Johnny Hartz Søraker

Keynote Speaker
Johnny Hartz Søraker is concerned with the relationship between virtual worlds and personal wellbeing. He is a policy specialist at Google. Prior to joining Google in 2017, he was assistant professor of ethics of technology at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente. He defended his PhD cum laude at the same university, dealing mainly with the epistemology, ontology and ethics of virtual worlds, with a particular focus on their potential impact on personal well-being. Søraker's main research interests and publications lie in the intersections between Information Technology (esp. virtual worlds and games), on the one hand and both theoretical and practical philosophy, on the other. He often grounds his work in psychological research, especially work in the field of Positive Psychology – ultimately aiming to better understand the role ICT can and should have in a happy and meaningful life.


Dr Natalia Kucirkova

Keynote Speaker
Natalia Kucirkova is concerned with the impact of digitisation on children’s experience of texts and stories. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the University College London. Her research concerns innovative ways of supporting children’s book reading, digital literacy and exploring the role of personalisation in early years. She developed an award-winning children’s app ‘Our Story’ and has widely published on early literacy and children’s technology. She has been commended for her engagement with teachers and parents at a national and international level.


Dr Michael Banissy

Keynote Speaker
Michael’s research concerns social neuroscience. He uses technologies such as brain imaging and non-invasive brain stimulation to investigate social perception and mirror sensory synaesthesia. He is a Reader in Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths (University of London), where he is Director of Research. Prior to taking up his position at Goldsmiths he worked at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (University College London) on personal Research Fellowships awarded by the British Academy and the ESRC. He also completed his PhD in Psychology at UCL. Support for his research has come from funding from major scientific research councils in the UK and internationally including the ESRC, Royal Society, British Academy, and European Commission. He has been part of a number of public events to discuss his scientific work (e.g. TV and Radio appearances, major UK festivals, and international symposium) and awarded a number of honours (e.g. 2016 British Psychological Society Spearman Medal for outstanding published work in Psychology; 2017 Bertelson Award).


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