Round 1 Winners

Date of the talks to be announced. Stay tuned!

Elisabeth Parés-Pujolràs, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University College London

Robyn Waller, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Iona College

Talk title: Toward Naturalistic Paradigms of Agency

Voluntary control of behavior requires the ability to dynamically integrate internal states and external evidence to achieve one’s goals. However, neuroscientific studies of intentional action and critical philosophical commentary of that research have taken a rather narrow turn in recent years, focussing on the neural precursors of spontaneous simple actions as potential realizers of intentions. In this session, we show how the debate can benefit from incorporating other types of experimental approaches, focussing on agency in dynamic contexts.

Kristina Krasich, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Duke University

Samuel Murray, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Duke University

Talk title: Free will over time: Distinguishing top-down and now-then control

Coming soon!

Jake Gavenas

PhD Student

Chapman University

Polaris Koi

PhD Student

University of Turku

Talk title: Free will beyond spontaneous volition: Conscious control processes of
inhibition and attention in self-control and free will

Polaris Koi (Philosophy) and Jake Gavenas (Neuroscience) begin the seminar by arguing that agentive control is the key requirement for free will, drawing on folk-philosophy findings to support this claim (Gavenas et al., in prep). They explore how two executive control processes that functionally involve consciousness—inhibition and top-down control of attention—connect self-control and free will.