I am a research fellow in the Department of Philosophy, where I am working on the AHRC-funded Rethinking the Senses project.
I have a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award 2016/17 for the Early Career Mind Network.
Before coming to Warwick I was a postdoctoral researcher on the Philosophy of Perspectival Thoughts and Facts Project (PERSP) at LOGOS and the University of Barcelona. Prior to that I studied as an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Edinburgh, where I was supervised by Matthew Nudds and Tillmann Vierkant. From 2011 to 2013 I was a member of The (Un)Bound Body Project, investigating the relation between mental representation of the body and self-consciousness. The project was funded by the Volkswagen Foundation’s European Platform for Life Sciences, Mind Sciences and the Humanities.
My research is in the philosophy of mind, but connects with issues in epistemology and the philosophy of action.
Currently I am working on issues concerning the senses and multisensory perception. Normally, we perceive the world through more than one sense at the same time. I see the newspaper, smell the coffee, taste the sweetness of the pastry, feel the warmth of the cup with my hand, and hear the birds singing outside. What is more, a large body of evidence from cognitive psychology and neuroscience shows us that the sensory systems underpinning these kinds of experiences interact with one another in many different ways. For example, what we see can affect what we hear, as when we see the mouth of the ventriloquist’s dummy move and hear the speech as coming from the dummy and not the ventriloquist. My research examines how we should explain these multisensory effects and what they tell us about perceptual experience.
My doctoral thesis was concerneed with first-person thought. The challenge I sought to address was that of providing an account that meets two conditions on first-person thought. The account must show how we are aware of ourselves when we entertain first-person thoughts, so that we have an account that establishes the cognitive significance of first-person thoughts. But, in addition, this awareness must be as robust as the thinker’s ability to entertain first-person thoughts if our account is to respect the guaranteed referential success of the self-concept. In my thesis I developed the idea that cognitive significance is a matter of knowing that one is a self-thinker, something that I suggested can be explained in terms of one's awareness of one's agency in thinking.
The Early Career Mind Network will run from April 2016 to March 2017.
The aim of the ECMN project is to establish a strong network of early career researchers in the philosophy of mind who do not yet have permanent positions in academic philosophy. This group faces particular challenges that can hinder career progress, in particular a lack of opportunities to engage with our peers and with the public.
This initiative addresses the challenges we face by providing opportunities for peer-to-peer research, professional guidance and public engagement.
The project is structured around three initiatives:
(1) a series of research forums will allow participants to engage in research- focused discussions, providing the foundations for outstanding and innovative research;
(2) a conference will allow participants to share their work with world-leading senior academics, thereby expanding their network of contacts and collaborators;
(3) an engagement event will cultivate the abilities of early career philosophers of mind to contribute to public debate and policy making about the mind, mental health and well-being.
For more information please visit the project page.