03 of March 2022 

Centre for Philosophy of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (CFCUL) and via Zoom 

Join us for an interdisciplinary workshop in the beautiful city of Lisbon and via Zoom to discuss key questions on how virtual reality and artificial environments impact human self-consciousness and social interactions.  

The event will take place on March 3rd, 2023, in a hybrid format, i.e., in person in Lisbon and via Zoom.  

The workshop brings together world-leading scholars and junior researchers from philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, robotics, and computational neuroscience to address the following (non-exhaustive) key questions:  

i) What is ‘Reality’ and what is ‘Virtual Reality’?  

ii) What do we gain and what do we lose by using virtual realities technologies?   

iii)  What is the relationship between virtual and ‘real’ realities and the human sense of self and embodiment?  

iv) What is the relationship between embodied narratives and social interactions in virtual and real environments?  

v) What is the impact of interacting with artificial intelligence-based technologies on human mental and social lives?  

vi) What is the role of art and virtual reality technologies in shaping neuroplasticity while enhancing body-mind wellbeing?

vii)  What is the role of virtual reality technologies in facilitating embodied language learning and social communication in socially impaired populations?


Funding info:

This event is generously funded by:

The Interself project (‘The interacting Self: from Self-Consciousness to Social Interactions in Humans and Artificial Agents’) is funded by Fundaçao para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT PTDC/FER-FIL/4802/2020) to Dr Anna Ciaunica and Prof. Antonia Hamilton. 

The Centre for Philosophy of Sciences, University of Lisbon (CFCUL), Portugal (UIDB/00678/2020)


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