Invited Talks


“Naturalistic approaches for understanding conscious cognition.” Trinity College Dublin. July 15th 2016.

“The functional neuroimaging of conscious information processing.” University of Geneva. July 1st 2016.

“Real-world cognition in the healthy and disordered brain.” Cambridge Centre of Aging and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge. May 2016.

“Towards naturalistic approaches for detecting consciousness with neuroimaging.” Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. Paris, France. June, 2015.

“Detecting and interpreting conscious experiences in behaviorally non-responsive populations.” Towards a Science of Consciousness’. Helsinki, Finland. June, 2015 [Declined due to timing conflict.]

“Using Naturalistic Paradigms to Probe Conscious Experience.” Medical Research Council – Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. Cambridge, UK. December, 2014.

“Using fMRI to assess conscious awareness in patients with disorders of consciousness – practical considerations.” Society for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. San Diego, USA. July, 2013.

“Using language for the detection of consciousness in non-responsive patients.” DECODER Consortium Meeting. Rome, Italy. March, 2012.

“Deployment of brain-computer interfaces for the detection of consciousness in non-responsive patients.” DECODER Annual Meeting. Brussels, Belgium. March, 2011.

“Neural gestures to communicate with vegetative state patients.” University of South Carolina. South Carolina, USA. 2010.

“Are senses enough for sense?” The Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting. San Francisco, USA. April, 2008.

“Recurrent bottom-up and top-down interactions during multi-sensory object processing” The Cognitive Neuroscience Society. New York City, USA. 2007.

“Multi-sensory integration.” Experimental Psychology Society Annual Meeting, Edinburgh, UK. June, 2007.


“Using anesthesia-induced loss of consciousness to identify biomarkers of conscious awareness in the healthy human brain.” Rotman Institute of Philosophy. London, Canada. March, 2015.

“Detecting Conscious Experiences in Patients with Disordered Consciousness.” The Brain and Mind Institute. London, Canada. January, 2015.

“A common neural code for similar conscious experiences in healthy and brain injured individuals.” Rotman Institute of Philosophy. London, Canada. September, 2014.

“Anesthesia-induced loss of consciousness.” Skience. Collingwood, Canada. March, 2014.

“A new fMRI approach for establishing conscious awareness and communication in behaviourally non-responsive patients.” University Hospital Critical Care Rounds. London, Canada. February, 2014.

“Combining fMRI and psychophysiological measures to study conscious awareness in non-responsive patients.” Skience. Collingwood, Canada. March, 2013.

“Understanding objects: are the senses enough for sense?” Behavioural Neuroscience Seminars, University of Cambridge. Cambridge, UK. 2007.

Published Abstracts

Naci L, Houldin E, Cusack R, Arango M, Harle C, Owen M A. Processing of complex, real world information as awareness fades under sedation. Society for Neuroscience. Chicago, USA, October 2015.

Sinai L, Cusack R, Fiaconni C, Gonzalez L, Owen AM, Naci L. Probing the conscious experience of rich auditory stimuli. Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. Paris, France, June 2015.

Naci L, Annello M, MacDonald A, Naqshbandi S, Arango M, Harle C, Owen AM. The cognitive response to complex naturalistic stimuli in states of incremental sedation. Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. Paris, France, June 2015.

Horn, A., Naci L., Weijer C., & Owen, A. M. The master of suspense: using movies and fMRI to decode the phenomenology of conscious experience in vegetative state patientsPoster presented at the Montreal Neuroethics Conference for Young Researchers. Montreal, Quebec, April 2015.

Horn A., Naci L., Weijer C., & Owen A. M. (2015, May). Decoding phenomenal experience in vegetative state patients. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting for the Canadian Association for Neuroscience. Vancouver, Canada.

Naci, L., Cusack, R., Anello, M., Owen, A. M. Decoding the contents of conscious awareness from brain activity. Organization for Human Brain Mapping Annual Meeting. Hawaii, USA, June 2015.

Sinai, L., Cusack, R., Owen, A. M., Naci. L. Probing conscious experience of rich naturalistic stimuli. Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment. February 5-6, 2015.

Naci, L., Cusack, R., & Owen, A. (2014). A New fMRI Approach For Establishing Conscious Awareness And Communication In Behaviourally Nonresponsive Patients. Journal of Neurotrauma (Vol. 31, No. 5, pp. A68-A68).

M Graham, C Weijer, D Cruse, D Fernandez-Espejo, L Gonzalez-Lara, L Naci, A Peterson, K Speechley, AM Owen. Evaluating subjective well-being in patients diagnosed as vegetative, with covert awareness. International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting. Washington. November 14, 2014.

A Peterson, D Cruse, L Naci, D Fernandez-Espejo, T Bruni, C Weijer, AM Owen. A framework for comparing neuroimaging techniques used to assess disorders of consciousness. International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting. Washington. November 14, 2014.

Graham M, Weijer C, Peterson A, Naci L, Fernandez-Espejo D, Cruse D, Lazosky A, Gonzalez-Lara L, and Owen AM. Communication with patients diagnosed with disorders of consciousness, and the moral significance of sentience. Canadian Bioethics Society. Vancouver. May 29, 2014.

Peterson A, Naci L, Weijer C, Benmordecai D, Cruse D, Fernandez-Espejo D, Gofton T, Gonzalez-Lara L, Lazosky A, Norton L, Speechley K, Young B, Owen AM. Is it possible assess decision making capacity in the disorders of consciousness patient?  Canadian Bioethics Society. Vancouver. May 29, 2014.

Weijer C, Graham M, Peterson A, Naci L, Cruse D, Fernandez-Espejo D, Gonzalez-Lara L, Owen AM. Acknowledging awareness: informing families of individual research results for patients in the vegetative state. Canadian Bioethics Society. Vancouver. May 29, 2014.

Weijer C, Peterson A, Naci L, Graham M, Cruse D, Fernandez- Espejo D, Lazosky A, and Owen AM. Why discussion of end-of-life decisions through brain computer interfaces starts the ethical debate off on the wrong foot. Brain Matters 4: Brain Science and Social Responsibility. Vancouver. March 2014.

Peterson A, Cruse D, Naci L, Fernández-Espejo D, Graham M, Lazosky A, Weijer C, Owen AM. Ethical challenges in deriving the clinical utility of EEG for diagnosis of the vegetative state. Poster presented at International Neuroethics Society Annual Conference. San Diego, CA, November 2013.

Naci, L., Cusack, R., Sinai, L., Owen A. M. Hitchcock probes disorders of consciousness. Human Brain Mapping 2013; Seattle, USA.

Graham, M., White, A., Peterson, A., Naci, L., Cruse, L., Fernández-Espejo, D., Weijer, C., Owen. A. M. Investigators’ ethical obligations to patients’ families in disorders of consciousness research. Brain MattersBrain Matters 3: Values at the Crossroads of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Psychology, 2012; Cleveland, USA.

Peterson, A., Naci, L., Cruse, D., FernándezEspejo, D., Graham, M., White, A., Weijer, C., Owen, A. M. Ethical implications of detecting awareness in disorders  of consciousness: Question asking through a binary interface. Brain Matters 3: Values at the Crossroads of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Psychology, 2012; Cleveland, USA.

Naci, L. Cusack, R., Zia, V. Z., Owen, A. M. Making every word count: intuitive and robust communication without a behavioural response. Human Brain Mapping, 2012; Beijing, China.

Naci, L., Linke, A., Vicente-Grabovetsky, S., Gaudrain, E., Owen, A. M., Cusack, R. Using multi-voxel pattern analysis to decode the targets of auditory selective attention and imagery. ICON, 2011; Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Naci, L., Cusack, R, Henson, R., Tyler, L. K. Adaptive coding of object representation in anterior temporal, but not occipito-temporal regions. Human Brain Mapping, 2010; Barcelona, Spain.

Veldsman, M., Cusack, R., Naci, L., Mitchell, D. J. Characterising neural tuning to naturalistic objects with Dynamically Adaptive Imaging. Human Brain Mapping, 2010; Barcelona, Spain.

Cusack, R., Veldsman, M., Naci, L., Mitchell, D., J, Linke, A. Rapidly characterising multidimensional neural tuning to sensory and semantic features of real-world objects using Dynamically Adaptive Imaging. Cognitive Neuroscience Society, 2010; Montreal, Canada.

Naci, L., Henson, R., Taylor, K., Tyler, L. K. The development of meaning with incremental object awareness: an efMRI study of stages of visual object processing. Cognitive Neuroscience Society, 2008; San Francisco, USA.

Naci, L., Pulvermuller, F., Taylor, K., Shtyrov, Y., Hauk, O., & Tyler, L. K. (2006). Spatiotemporal patterns of cross-modal integration. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18, Suppl. E22.

Naci, L. (2003). Propositional Attitude Reports and Mental Representations. Cambridge Postgraduate Conference in Language Research Proceedings, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.