Florida State University

Free Will and Science

Department of Philosophy

Big Questions in Free Will Conference on Free Will and Science

(Sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation and the William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Endowment)

11-13 2013, Augustus B. Turnbull III Conference Center- 555 W. Pensacola Street



Friday, January 11th

2:45 pm 3:00 pm

Opening Remarks by Al Mele


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Patrick Haggard (University College London) & Matthew Salvaris (University College London): "Intentions: Time Before and Time After"

Chair: Tracie Mahaffey (Florida State)

4:10 pm – 5:10 pm

Carolina Sartorio (Arizona):
“Causation and Free Will”

Chair: Jason Miller (Florida State)


5:20 pm – 6:20 pm

Alison Gopnik (California-Berkeley):
“The Development of Conceptions of Free Will in Preschoolers”

Chair: Michael Bishop (Florida State)

Saturday, January 12th

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Peter Tse
(Dartmouth): “What is the Readiness Potential?”

Chair: Kyle Fritz (Florida State)

10:10 am – 11:10 am

Andrew Monroe (Brown): “People’s Beliefs in Free
Will: Myths and Reality”

Chair: Marcela Herdova (Florida State)


11:20 am – 12:20 pm

Uri Maoz (California Institute of
Technology): “Intracranial study of free will and moral responsibility”

Chair: Marcela Herdova (Florida State)


12:30 pm – 1:50 pm

Lunch break

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Gunnar Björnsson (Umeå University): “Illusions of Moral Responsibility”

Chair: Tina Talsma (Florida State)

3:10 pm – 4:10 pm

Hakwan Lau (Columbia): “A New Empirical
Approach to Study the Functions of Subjective Awareness”


Myrto Mylopoulos (City University of New York): “The
Conceptual Connections between Free Will and Consciousness”

Chair: James Justus (Florida State)


4:20 pm – 5:20 pm

Roy Baumeister (Florida State): “Free Will:
Motivated Belief and Social Reality”

Jamie Luguri (Yale): "When and Why People Believe They Are Free: A Motivated Account of Free Will Belief"

Chair: James Justus (Florida State)


Sunday, January 13th

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Ariel Furstenberg & Venkatakrishnan Ramaswamy (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): “Structures
of Intention: Neural Signatures and Single-Trial Decoding”

Chair: Robyn Waller (Florida State)

10:10 am – 11:10 am

Jonathan Schooler (California-Santa Barbara) & Kathleen Vohs (Minnesota):
“Experimental Manipulations of Belief in Free Will: The Good, the Bad, and the

Chair: Stephen Kearns (Florida State)

11:20 am – 12:20 pm

Randolph Clarke (Florida State): “Freely Omitting
to Act”

Chair: Stephen Kearns (Florida State) 


Contact Information:

For additional information, please contact Joshua Shepherd (jls09k@my.fsu.edu)



Walking Directions:

From Marriott Hotel (600 W Gaines @ Railroad ave) to Turnbull Conference Center

From Hotel, walk north four blocks on S. Copeland Street Take a right on Pensacola Street, go less than one block. Turnbull Conference Center is on the right side of the street.


Walking time: about 5 minutes

Route marked in red on map.